Woods wrote:"I have an acquaintance who..." - instead of "I have a friend who" - can "acquaintance" replace "friend" in the same construction?
Grammatically, yes. However, to me "acquaintance" implies a significantly weaker relationship than "friend".
That's the idea. I just didn't see much of it used this way, the examples were more of the kind "I made an acquaintance with him."
linguoboy wrote:Most NAE speakers don’t seem to make any distinction between “friend” and “acquaintance”. Someone you’ve known for a week can still be “a friend of mine”.
Well, I'm acqually trying to underline a weaker relationship as Rí.na.dTeangacha suggested.
Linguaphile wrote:If someone calls their friend an "acquaintance," it can sound like they are saying they aren't really friends, they just know each other.
Precisely what I'm going for!
Thanks to all for the comments :)