a friend of Pete and Jane

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a friend of Pete and Jane

Post by navi » Mon Nov 19, 2018 9:37 am

1) He is a friend of Pete and Jane.
2) He is a friend of Pete and Jane's.
3) He is a friend of Pete's and Jane's.
4) He is a friend of Pete and of Jane.
5) He is a friend of Pete's and of Jane's.

In which cases:
a) we are sure that Pete and Jane form a unit (probably a couple)
and in which cases:
b) we are talking about them as separate people (they might not even know each other)

Gratefully,
Navi
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Re: a friend of Pete and Jane

Post by Phil White » Mon Nov 19, 2018 5:50 pm

Versions 3 and 5 would not be used, but don't ask me why as they make logical grammatical sense.

Versions 1 and 2 suggest that Pete and Jane are an item.
Version 4 suggests he has independent friendships with each person.
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