Tell me please of there is any difference between the following sentences?

A friend of Kate came over for my birthday party.

A friend of Kate's came over for my birthday party.

Are both sentence correct? If so, is there the smallest difference in meaning?


They are both correct, and there is only a slight difference in meaning. You could read more into it than intended, but for the most part, they would be understood the same way.

  • "A friend of Kate" means someone who is a friend to Kate.

  • "A friend of Kate's" uses the possessive, so is someone Kate regards as a friend.

Assuming that the friendship is two-way, they both mean the same thing. :)

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