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    part as friends

    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?

    I hope we can part as friends.

    Does it mean "I hope we can part in a friendly manner" or "I hope we are still friends are we part"?

    Thanks a lot

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    Re: part as friends

    The latter.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: part as friends

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hi,

    What does this sentence mean?

    I hope we can part as friends.

    Does it mean "I hope we can part in a friendly manner" or "I hope we are still friends are as/when we part"?

    Thanks a lot.
    I agree with BarbD. It's not so much the manner of the parting as how friendly they are when they part (which suggests that they will continue to be friends in the future).

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