Let's say I am talking about a guy named Peter.

1. "I am a friend of Peter."

2. "I am a friend of Peter's."

3. "I am a friend of him."

4. "I am a friend of his."

It seems that I have heard all four versions. How are they different?
1 2 3
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I guess those are correct

2. "I am a friend of Peter's."

4. "I am a friend of his."

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Nata..
Yes, You are right Nata.

The second and fourth ones are correct.

Possesive pronoun should be used in the above contexts.

Regards
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Some late additions:

5. "I am a friend of the guy standing in the corner."

6. "I am a friend of the guy standing in the corner's."

Does it mean 6 is correct and 5 is not?
MeggPhaggSioux5. "I am a friend of the guy standing in the corner."
6. "I am a friend of the guy standing in the corner's."
Does it mean 6 is correct and 5 is not?
#6 is not correct. There is no ownership or belonging relationship.

I went to the doctor's (office) today.

We will eat dinner tonight at the Smith's (house).
hrsaneiYes, You are right Nata.
The second and fourth ones are correct.
Possesive pronoun should be used in the above contexts.
Regards
Thanks a lot

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Nata..
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Normal collocation: 1. "I am a friend of Peter." / I am peter's friend.

2. "I am a friend of Peter's [brother] "- OK with a person attched to the end. Otherwise, it is worng.

3. "I am a friend of him." In this context, HIM- is incorrect

But in specific contexts:

Him - presumably is a person mentioned in a conversation, like:

Do you remember Paul Stevens?

Oh yeah, he was sitting in from of me in highschool. I wonder what he looks like now?

Here is a picture of him.

Him -then is fine

4. "I am a friend of his." This is the more formal usage of " I am his friend". Its correct

Same as: a friend of mine told me about this product = My friend told me about this product.
1. I am a friend of Peter

2. I am Peter's friend

3. I am a friend of him

4. I am his friend

Peter and him are objects, Peter's and his are possessive
To recap:

1. "I am a friend of Peter."

2. "I am a friend of Peter's."

3. "I am a friend of him."

4. "I am a friend of his."

5. "I am a friend of the guy standing in the corner."

6. "I am a friend of the guy standing in the corner's."

So, 2, 4, and 6 are the only ones correct?
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