Discussion Forum

Please consider registering
guest

Log In Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —

  

— Match —

   

— Forum Options —

   

Minimum search word length is 4 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Topic RSS
Accepted usage? Or is it just me?
When/why is it somehow normative to say it wrong?
Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
2014/03/30
1:51pm
jane egg
New Member
Forum Posts: 1
Member Since:
2014/03/30
Offline
1
0
Everybody says “a friend of mine,” and we never say “a friend of me.” So maybe that’s correct, even tho you could call it a double possessive? We also say “a friend of John’s”, and “a friend of my cousin’s.” So how is any of this correct? Is it just accepted usage?

And on that subject (accepted usage), how near are we to having to accept “me and John” did whatever? Shall we just give up on wanting to hear   “John and I” did whatever? It’s nigh unto ubiquitous already, I’m sad to say.   I mean, they just roared right past putting the other guy first (past John and I did whatever > past John and me did whatever >> right to me and John did whatever)… sigh

Thoughts?

2014/03/31
1:53am
Robert
Member
Forum Posts: 439
Member Since:
2011/10/03
Offline

Jane,
“Friend of John’s” is correct. It is not double possessive, because the “of” means “among” : “friend among many other friends.”

You will find a lot on this subject under these links:

http://www.waywordradio.org/discussion/topics/friends-of-friends-of/

http://www.waywordradio.org/discussion/topics/1-admit-we-were-possessive-and-that-our-language-has-become-unmanageable/

http://www.waywordradio.org/discussion/topics/apostrophe-possession-question/

 

 

“John and me” and “John and I” are good in that the first person goes last (our social norm). But “me” is an object, and “I” is a subject, so which one is correct depends on which is needed in a sentence. You will find discussions here:

http://www.waywordradio.org/discussion/topics/me-or-jake-or-jake-or-me/

Hope you have some fun with all that.

Forum Timezone: America/Los_Angeles

Most Users Ever Online: 1147

Currently Online:
5 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

Heimhenge: 792

Bob Bridges: 675

Ron Draney: 633

Robert: 439

RobertB: 423

tromboniator: 400

Dick: 398

samaphore: 312

deaconB: 297

dilettante: 287

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 608

Members: 2996

Moderators: 1

Admins: 5

Forum Stats:

Groups: 1

Forums: 1

Topics: 3172

Posts: 16815

Newest Members: Nancy, aerushing, Patzer, brienne77, McInbass, dsouthern36, tjintheville, jamiecordon, Uffda, LisaS

Administrators: Martha Barnette: 820, Grant Barrett: 1425, EmmettRedd: 653, Glenn: 1618, timfelten: 0