a friend's home, who I haven't seen for 3 years

Morecoffee

Senior Member
Chinese
I lived at a friend's home, who I haven't seen for 3 years.
Hello teachers. I wrote the sentence.
I don't know how to write a sentence with both 'a friend's home' and a subordinate clause in it.
So is my attempt correct? I feel it's not.
It should be 'I lived at (a friend, who I haven't seen for 3 years)' home.
How would you say this sentence?

Thank you so much
 
  • Vronsky

    Senior Member
    Russian - Russia
    I suppose,

    I lived at the home of my friend who I hadn't seen for 3 years.
    But I am not a native speaker, so excuse me if I have made any mistakes.
     

    e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Your first sentence is acceptable.
    I would probably say I live at the home of a friend who I haven't seen for three years.

    You cannot use an apostrophe s to refer to a phrase inside brackets. I see no alternative to friend's home.

    cross-posted
     

    Oddmania

    Senior Member
    French
    Hi,

    I remember an American guy once telling something like "...all the people I loved's opinions...", so why not "I lived at a friend I hadn't seen for three years' home"? :D Perhaps a bit too far-fetched.
     

    pob14

    Senior Member
    American English
    Sure, a native American speaker from Dallas, Georgia. I actually think the sentence was a bit longer, like "all the people I cared about and loved's opinions". Anyway!
    I've said things like that myself, and immediately regretted it. When speaking, we often don't take the time to plan our sentences and verify that they will be correct before saying them; we just talk. Therefore we sometimes say clumsy things like this.
     
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