Date: Wed, 8 Nov 1995 11:57:56 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: supervisor/coupon Of course in a lot of contexts, 'some friends' is not equivalent to 'some friends of mine'-- Mary told Bill that some friends would be joining them for dinner. Not even to mention Quakers. But I agree that even when 'some friends' does seem to suggest '...of mine', the overt expression is not identical, if only because it more concretely grounds or anchors the nominal--I agree that it involves Prince's assumed familiarity, as Joan Cook pointed out. And of course there's Bolinger's principle that no two expressions (that survive) are ever entirely synonymous, so we should be prepared to assume non-equivalence rather than complete redundancy. --larry