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Đang xem: You are one of my best friends
Which of the following is correct?
Yesterday, I met one of my friends. Yesterday, I met one of my friend.
It”s “one of my friends”. The other option would be ungrammatical.
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To spice it up a little, here are the stats from the Corpus of Contemporary American lisbdnet.com and the British National Corpus:
COCA BNCone of my friends 251 40one of my friend 0 0one of your friends 58 6one of your friend 0 0one of our friends 40 7one of our friend 0 0one of his friends 182 60one of his friend 0 0
It would rather be “one of my friends”.
Depending on the situation, you may want to use “a friend of mine”:
Think of it this way: If you didn”t have several friends, you wouldn”t need to be specifying that you only met one friend. “One of” is indicating a particular member out of a set with multiple members in it, so it”s correct to use the plural form: “One of my friends.” If you only have one friend total, then you can just say “Yesterday, I met my friend.”
Similarly, when you turn it around thus:
One of my friends is meeting me later
then it”s correct to use the singular verb form, because you”re still only talking about one person. (Many people get confused because “friends”, plural, is right next to the verb “is”, but “One” is the true subject of the sentence.)
With the possible exception of set phrases, when you say one of
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