I tend to consider myself fairly adept with the English language, but there’s one thing I’m having a problem with. Let’s say you have two people, A and B. A likes B, and is very kind to him all the time etc. B doesn’t give a rat’s petoot about A, and A knows it. Does A say “I am B’s friend” or “B is my friend”?
“I am B’s friend” to me makes it sound like B has some say in the matter, even though B has been calling A “C” since he met him, he doesn’t even care about A’s name.
If A says “B is my friend,” because A treats B that way, it still sounds like B is partial to A.
Is there a way to resolve this with the word “friend,” or would A have to resort to some other phrase? Basically, a uni-directional friendship or some such, but I’m wondering how it would be used like I’m talking about, if it’s even possible.