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    Hi

    Is it a popular phrase: be accommodating with somebody, and do native speakers use it???


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    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    Hi

    Is it a popular phrase: be accommodating with somebody, and do native speakers use it???
    I'm not even sure what it means.

    I suppose I would be able to extract the speaker's intent if I heard this phrase in context, but it's not a common expression.

    You might say "to accommodate someone"

    > "The cruise ship staff was quite accommodating."
    > "Our company is able to accommodate custom orders."
    > "Yes, I can accommodate you with that request."


    "Accommodations" has a sense meaning "lodgings."

    ~ "Well, the accommodations ain't exactly de luxe."
    - Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker in Bobbie and Clyde (1967)
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    Re: accommodating

    I'm looking for the phrase which means that I agree with someone, that I won't fight with someone, but will just let it go even if I don't like it, even if I don't quite agree with someone else.

    Maybe "play into sb's hands"?


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    Re: accommodating

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    I'm looking for the phrase which means that I agree with someone, that I won't fight with someone, but will just let it go even if I don't like it, even if I don't quite agree with someone else.

    Maybe "play into sb's hands"?

    Not "play into someone's hands." That means to fall into their clutches, to let them ensnare you.

    "Play along with" and "string along with" have the connotation of a pretended agreement with an ulterior motive,
    or for the sake of argument. They both suggest an insincerity in the acquiescence, or that it is tentative or provisional.

    "To acquiesce" is the exact verb, but it's not too often heard in conversation except among well-educated speakers.

    Here's a set of synonyms with their connotations elaborated:

    synonyms assent, consent, accede, acquiesce, agree, subscribe mean to concur with what has been proposed.

    assent implies an act involving the understanding or judgment and applies to propositions or opinions
    <voters assented to the proposal>.

    consent involves the will or feelings and indicates compliance with what is requested or desired
    <consented to their daughter's going>.

    accede implies a yielding, often under pressure, of assent or consent
    <officials acceded to the prisoners' demands>.

    acquiesce implies tacit acceptance or forbearance of opposition
    <acquiesced to his boss's wishes>.

    agree sometimes implies previous difference of opinion or attempts at persuasion
    <finally agreed to come along>.

    subscribe implies not only consent or assent but hearty approval and active support
    <subscribes wholeheartedly to the idea>.
    Last edited by Ann1977; 22-Sep-2009 at 13:15.


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    Re: accommodating

    Quote Originally Posted by GUEST2008 View Post
    I'm looking for the phrase which means that I agree with someone, that I won't fight with someone, but will just let it go even if I don't like it, even if I don't quite agree with someone else.

    Maybe "play into sb's hands"?
    You might say,

    > "Oh all right. I guess I'll go along with this -- just to be accommodating."

    > "I didn't especially like it, but I wanted to be accommodating."

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    Re: accommodating

    "play along with sb" is what I was looking for.

    thanks

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    Re: accommodating

    Colloquially: 'easy-going', 'laid-back'
    informally: 'biddable'
    formally (and as Ann said, showing quite advanced education): 'acquiescent'
    colloquially and disapprovingly: 's/he is a door-mat'
    I think 'accommodating' may sound less high-falutin' to a speaker of Br English. It sounds OK to me.

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    Last edited by BobK; 23-Sep-2009 at 13:40. Reason: Added last sentence.


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    Re: accommodating

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    Colloquially: 'easy-going', 'laid-back'
    informally: 'biddable'
    formally (and as Ann said, showing quite advanced education): 'acquiescent'
    colloquially and disapprovingly: 's/he is a door-mat'
    I think 'accommodating' may sound less high-falutin' to a speaker of Br English. It sounds OK to me.

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    Yes, this is a good suggestion.

    I'd expect to use "accommodating" without any problem in any circumstance to mean "acquiescent."

    > "The staff at this restaurant is really accommodating."

    > "You can tell that Sheila is a new employee -- she's way too accommodating."

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