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giacomo

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"I'd like to be your friend," is OK.
"I'd like to be a friend with you," does not sound like a native speaker said it.
"I'd like to be a friend of yours," sounds OK. You'd like to join those who are already my friends.
"I'd like us to be friends," sounds like maybe the person refered to by "you" might not want to be friends and you're trying to convince her/him.

jim July 30, 2003, 2:00pm

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Sorry about the strange characters in the comment. This should post and read well.

The hyphen is used to hyphenate compound words and between non-continuing numbers, e.g., phone numbers.

The en dash is used to "connect continuing, or inclusive, numbers -- dates, time, or reference numbers." [Chicago Manual of Style, sec. 5.115]

The em dash is used "to denote a sudden break in thought that causes an abrupt change in sentence structure." [Chicago Manual of Style, sec. 5.106] When typing, it's common to use two hyphens for an em dash. In HTML, you can also use the entity: "—".

jim July 24, 2003, 12:42pm

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The hyphen is used to hyphenate compound words and between non-continuing numbers, e.g., phone numbers.

The en dash is used to "connect continuing, or inclusive, numbers — dates, time, or reference numbers." [Chicago Manual of Style, sec. 5.115]

The em dash is used "to denote a sudden break in thought that causes an abrupt change in sentence structure." [Chicago Manual of Style, sec. 5.106] When typing, it's common to use two hyphens for an em dash. In HTML, you can also use the entity: "&&035;151;".

jim July 24, 2003, 12:25pm

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