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    enydia is offline Member
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    Default a question about 'associate'

    Hello, Teachers.

    I want to use the word 'associate' to express the meaning that when I see or think of A, I would think of B. Can I say I usually associate A with B or B with A?

    For example, 'I usually associate that building with an egg' or 'I usually associate an egg with that building'?

    Another example, what feeling do you associate with autumn? or What feeling do you associate autumn with?

    Thank you in advance.

    Enydia :)

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    colloquium is offline Senior Member
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    Default Re: a question about 'associate'

    Another way of phrasing the sentence is

    To me, that building resembles an egg (but not, to me, an egg resembles that building).

    I think you should structure your sentence in the same way; start with the actual thing you are considering.

    I usually associate that building with an egg.

    Another example, what feeling do you associate with autumn? or What feeling do you associate autumn with?

    I think this is more difficult to explain. Both look okay to me. I suppose the first looks better as it doesn't end with a preposition.

    I am not a teacher.

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    Default Re: a question about 'associate'

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    Another way of phrasing the sentence is

    To me, that building resembles an egg (but not, to me, an egg resembles that building).

    I think you should structure your sentence in the same way; start with the actual thing you are considering.

    I usually associate that building with an egg.

    Another example, what feeling do you associate with autumn? or What feeling do you associate autumn with?

    I think this is more difficult to explain. Both look okay to me. I suppose the first looks better as it doesn't end with a preposition.

    I am not a teacher.
    Thank you for your explanation!

    I'm wondering why you said that:
    "I suppose the first looks better as it doesn't end with a preposition."

    Is it not recommended to write a sentence end with a preposition?

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