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    Smile commit oneself to a/the relationship

    Hi,

    "Lots of women complain that the problem with men is that they won't commit themselves to a/the relationship"

    Which of the articles is more idiomatic in this context?

    I guess both of them make sense and equally idiomatic.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: commit oneself to a/the relationship

    Yes, it could go either way depending on whether the women are thinking of men in general or their specific relationship.

    "Their relationship" is another possibility here.

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    Default Re: commit oneself to a/the relationship

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    "Their relationship" is another possibility here.
    Thank you, SoothingDave.

    What does 'their' mean? Does this mean both women and men or men only?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: commit oneself to a/the relationship

    Quote Originally Posted by taked4700 View Post
    Thank you, SoothingDave.

    What does 'their' mean? Does this mean both women and men or men only?

    Thanks in advance.
    It could mean either. Ultimately, the man and the women are in the same relationship, so it doesn't really matter.

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    Default Re: commit oneself to a/the relationship

    Thank you, SoothingDave.

    The question I asked in the above post was not clear enough and I'm sorry for that.

    What I just wanted to ask is whether 'his/her/my relationship' make sense when relationship implies there are more than two people.

    Alice complains that Tom won't commit himself to his relationship.

    Is this correct?

    I guess that 'his relationship with her' would make sense in this context.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: commit oneself to a/the relationship

    Use "their relationship" in that sentence.

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