Is it okay if I just say "My friend named"? or should I complete the sentence to "I have a friend named". Thanks in advance.:)

  • How about simply referring to "My friend James"? – Robusto Oct 8 '18 at 20:48
  • - James is a really popular name. - My friend named that. (is it correct?) – Alex Oct 8 '18 at 20:58
  • There's nothing wrong with saying "My friend named James," though it sounds a tad stilted. – Robusto Oct 8 '18 at 21:01

There's a whole bunch of choices here.

(normal, everyday): My friend James says he loves verismo opera. He's a known liaer.

(slightly pedantic): My friend, whose name is James, says he adores verismo opera. That's probably a lie.

(deliberately chummy): My friend, [by the] name of James, says he can't live without verismo opera. He's a lying, conniving jerk.

(overly formal): My friend, named James, says he knows how to appreciate verismo opera. I'm sure he's lying.

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  • - James is a really popular name. - My friend named that. (is it correct?) – Alex Oct 9 '18 at 5:52
  • It's not clear what you are asking. Do you mean James is a popular name. I have a friend with that name? – Kate Bunting Oct 9 '18 at 8:35
  • sorry about the ambiguity.. actually I meant that suppose that this is a dialogue starting with the one says "James is a really popular name." and then the other one answers "My friend named that" I was asking if it is possible to answer like that. – Alex Oct 9 '18 at 17:41
  • @Alex: In that case, Kate's answer is perfect: "I have a friend with that name." – Ricky Oct 9 '18 at 18:01

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