May 2, 2016

'A Friend of Joe's' or 'A Friend of Joe'?

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If the word "of" shows possession, aren't the apostrophe and S redundant in "a friend of Joe's"? Perhaps, but if you can't use a possessive S and a possessive noun in the same sentence, how do you explain why "a friend of mine" is better than "a friend of me"? Because English isn't precise and isn't even supposed to be. Here's the full story.

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John McIntyre's Peeve Peeves
Posted by June on May 2, 2016


For about 14 years, I've been engaged in the less-than-endearing  task of telling readers of my newspaper column that their grammar peeves are, in fact, superstitions. So I figured I'd let someone else bear the bad news -- Baltimore Sun copy editor and columnist John McIntyre. And if you still think it's wrong to split an infinitive, start a sentence with "and," end a sentence with a preposition, use "hopefully" to mean "I hope" or use "they" to refer to a single person, McIntyre would like a word.

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