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From some Indian Daily -

Sania has been friends with Tia since childhood.

Why plural friends? and why with? We can be friendly with someone, not friend.

Based on that, is this correct?

Jack is friend with me?

Also, plural friends should be this way -

Sania and Tia have been friends since their childhood or
Sania has been a friend of Tia since childhood.

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  • @StoneyB Oh I see. Sorry.
    – Maulik V
    Commented May 9, 2014 at 14:00

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It's an idiom. "Be/make friends ( with somebody) that means "to be/ become a friend of somebody". E.g., I've been friends with George for ages. And instead of "Jack is friends with me" I would say "Jack and I are friends" or "Jack is a friend of mine".

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