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    Hi

    I'm confused about the word "initiate". Can I say "He initiated a dropped talk with her"?

    My friend told me initiate is for something never happened, and he said in this case I should replace initiate with resume.


    But if he's correct, how am I going to explain it's he that talked to her first after a "cold war" between the two.

    thanks.

    Frances

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    Default Re: the word Initiate

    Quote Originally Posted by franceswang View Post
    Hi

    I'm confused about the word "initiate". Can I say "He initiated a dropped talk with her"?

    My friend told me initiate is for something never happened, and he said in this case I should replace initiate with resume.


    But if he's correct, how am I going to explain it's he that talked to her first after a "cold war" between the two.

    thanks.

    Frances
    I haven't heard of "dropped talk" before. It's probably wrong unless it's idiomatic somewhere.

    He is the one who re-established the communication between them"
    - a bit formal.
    He's the one who broke the ice between them.
    He is the one who initiated the reconciliation. This is alright - according to your friend's semantics, which are sound enough - because the reconciliation hadn't happened before.

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