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1. of Preposition

(a) de; a book ~ mine/his un de mes/ses livres; he's a friend ~ mine c'est un ami, c'est un de mes amis, (emphasising not somebody else's) c'est un ami à moi; a friend of Marie's un ami de Marie; a friend of a friend l'ami d'un ami
(b) (with complements of adjectives) de; he is proud ~ her il est fier d'elle; he is proud of it il en est fier
(c) (with fractions, containers or amounts) de; a kilo ~ apples un kilo de pommes; a bottle of water une bouteille d'eau; I want two kilos ~ them j'en veux deux kilos; some ~ these apples (as subject of verb) certaines de ces pommes; (as complement of verb) de ces pommes; have you eaten some ~ these apples? est-ce que tu as mangé de ces pommes?; half ~ all English people believe that ... la moitié des Anglais croient que ...; more than a third ~ French people believe that ... plus d'un tiers des français croient que ...
(d) (with plural pronouns nous, vous, eux, elles) d'entre; some ~ us/you certains m d'entre nous/vous, certaines f d'entre nous/vous; some ~ them certains d'entre eux m, certaines d'entre elles f

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