Quick questions about pronouns in a sentence


I'm confused when it comes to writing the following: "..., I bought from my one of the sweet sweet friends" vs "...., I bought from one of my sweet sweet friends"

Neither me or my partner is native in the English language. Could someone elaborate how I should think when it comes to using pronouns in this sort of context? And also are both the above sentences correct?


Posted 2016-05-15T13:24:37.717


3Not a native speaker but "one of my sweet sweet friends" sounds much better. – Stan – 2016-05-15T13:32:06.237

3To avoid making the duplication of "sweet" look like a typographical error, I would recommend writing, "I bought it from one of my sweet, sweet friends." Or, if the first part of the sentence says what you purchased, then you might write, "..., which I bought from one of my sweet, sweet friends." In either case, the extra comma is helpful. – Mark Hubbard – 2016-05-15T13:48:26.653

I think the comma is not just helpful, but required. – Rob K – 2017-06-28T15:03:49.473



In English, words for parts of the body (head, leg, hand) and personal relations (son, parents, sister, boss, colleague) are nearly always qualified by a possessive rather than "the". So "my friends">

Colin Fine

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my one of the sweet friends is a partitive construction. You wanted to mean one friend from your many sweet friends. But you have constructed the phrase incorrectly.

one of my sweet friends is correct. Here one is a determinative and it's a Fused Determinative Phrase in that construction.

A genitive case of a pronoun (i.e my) can't be used before a Fused Determinative Phrase.

Therefore my one of the sweet friends is incorrect grammatically.


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But "one of the sweet friends" is not idiomatic in any English I know, because (as I said in my answer) most relation words (like "friend") nearly always take possessives. The only context in which I would expect to find "one of the [anything] friends" is in a narrative about a group of friends,which doesn't appear to be what this is about. Is "one of the friends" (to mean "one of my friends") idiomatic in Indian English? – Colin Fine – 2017-07-17T00:04:45.440

@ColinFine nods yes now I see it. It sounds really odd. I will edit my answer. – Man_From_India – 2017-07-17T00:34:17.187


one of my sweet sweet friends OR one of the sweet sweet friends of mine.

one of is to limit only one member of your sweet sweet friends.


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