I want to know which of the forms mentioned below are most used in conversation.
A friend told me …
My friend told me …
One of my friends told me …
Here are what I think are the disadvantages and advantages of using each of them.
“A Friend told me” — In this sentence, it sounds to me the friend can be mine or the friend can be a friend of my friend. So it seems to me it does not make clear that the friend is my directly known person.
“My friend told me” — This seems perfectly natural to me. It clearly says that the friend is mine and that I know him very well.
“One of my friends told me” — This one seems too wordy to use for a normal information and that is why I think it must be less used in day-to-day life.
Are these observations of mine correct?