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    Default I can't get the meaning of the example of reciprocate

    Hello Everyone,

    The example "When he spoke I was expected to reciprocate with some remark of my own." is given to define 'reciprocate'. I still can't guess its meaning. Can you give me its possible context?


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    Default Re: I can't get the meaning of the example of reciprocate

    Try this sample:

    After he invites me to his home for dinner, I am expected to reciprocate.

    (It means to return the favor or gesture. So you will invite him to your home for dinner in the near future)

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    Default Re: I can't get the meaning of the example of reciprocate

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    Try this sample:

    After he invites me to his home for dinner, I am expected to reciprocate.

    (It means to return the favor or gesture. So you will invite him to your home for dinner in the near future)
    This example is easy to understand. I am confused about the example posted by me! Could you explain? and Give me some context?

    Many thanks

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    Default Re: I can't get the meaning of the example of reciprocate

    When he spoke I was expected to reciprocate with some remark of my own.

    I am expected to reply to him - "reciprocate" rather implies that "he" is giving some kind of speech or or making some kind of statement, and you are required to respond to it with your own view of the matter.

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    Default Re: I can't get the meaning of the example of reciprocate

    When he spoke I was expected to reciprocate with some remark of my own.

    But "respond" would make more sense in a verbal exchange.

    When he spoke, I was expected to respond with some remark of my own.

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    Default Re: I can't get the meaning of the example of reciprocate

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    When he spoke I was expected to reciprocate with some remark of my own.

    I am expected to reply to him - "reciprocate" rather implies that "he" is giving some kind of speech or or making some kind of statement, and you are required to respond to it with your own view of the matter.
    Sorry, I am puzzled by your reply!

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    Default Re: I can't get the meaning of the example of reciprocate

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    When he spoke I was expected to reciprocate with some remark of my own.

    But "respond" would make more sense in a verbal exchange.

    When he spoke, I was expected to respond with some remark of my own.
    Can you give a context of the sentence?

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    Default Re: I can't get the meaning of the example of reciprocate

    Quote Originally Posted by sky753 View Post
    Sorry, I am puzzled by your reply!
    Someone has made a speech thanking you for all your hard work.
    You are expected to reciprocate to him - you will have to make a speech thanking him for thanking you. You are returning the compliment of thanks.

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