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Dear Ted:

Reconsider the sentence below:

With the help of my fabulous office manager, Wendy, and my good friend, Jerry, we cleaned out the entire garage at the work house.

My question is this:

Is it correct to say that I have only one friend, whose name is "Wendy"?

Again, many, many thanks for your valuable help.

Paolo

P.S. The only thing I do well is proofreading.

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Dear Paolo:

Reconsider the sentence below:

With the help of my fabulous office manager, Wendy, and my good friend, Jerry,
we cleaned out the entire garage at the work house.

My question is this:

Is it correct to say that I have only one friend, whose name is "Wendy"?

*** You have NOT indicated that Wendy is a friend of yours.  She is your office manager, but you do not call her your friend.


*** Here is my interpretation of your sentence:

Wendy is your "fabulous office manager."
Jerry is your "good friend."  [You may have OTHER good friends.  If you wrote "my BEST friend," then you would indicate just one person.]

Three people were involved in cleaning out the garage:  Wendy, Jerry, and you.

Ted

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I am the bibliographic instruction and reference librarian at a public college. Some members of the English department recommend me to their students. I offer assistance in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and paragraph development. My master`s thesis concerns William Faulkner`s tragic novels. I formerly taught advanced placement English at two schools in the Philadelphia area.

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