In response to the expository writing prompt to write an extended definition of the word friend, Eric Taylor does and excellent job. She also includes more than the requisite three noun clauses, which extend her clauses and make her sentence structure more complex. Bravo!
By Erin Taylor
A friend. A friend is a person who is not an enemy. This is the definition that the dictionary gives you, but is that an accurate definition of the word friend?
Different people interpret the word “friend” different ways. I think a friend is someone who is always there for you anytime you need them. A friend is a person who tells you that everything is going to be okay and not to worry. A friend always has your back in any situation. A friend is a lifeline.
Yes, friends can be or do all of these things, but I still don’t believe that the definition of friend is “not an enemy.” Although this can be true, there is much more to what a friend is. An enemy is a person who feels hatred towards or harms someone. So, because someone does not hate you, does that automatically mean that they are a friend? No, because friends have to have a special affectionate connection. You can’t buy friends. You can’t create friends on a website. You have to go out and connect with people to make friends. How many of the hundreds of “friends” on your social media are actually friends? They don’t hate you, so do you consider all of them friends?
The word friend stems from the German word freund, which means “to love.” What people today think is that anyone they have a conversation with is their friend. You have to ask yourself though, do I love this person? If this person disappeared from my life forever, how would I be affected and could I move on? If it was the other way around, would they miss me? Is this person actually my friend?