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    Question 'Relation' and 'Relationship'

    Hi there,
    Would anyone please tell me the difference between the two? Can they be used interchangably?


    Thanks a lot.

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    Re: 'Relation' and 'Relationship'

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi there,
    Would anyone please tell me the difference between the two? Can they be used interchangably?


    Thanks a lot.
    A relation is someone that you are connected to by blood. Also called a relative. (There is another meaning but I think this is the one that you are probably referring to here.)

    A relationship is something that you have with another person, an animal etc.

    Many of my relations came to my wedding.

    What is your relationship to David Jones?
    He's my brother.

    I have a great relationship with my father.

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    Question Re: 'Relation' and 'Relationship'

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    A relation is someone that you are connected to by blood. Also called a relative. (There is another meaning but I think this is the one that you are probably referring to here.)

    A relationship is something that you have with another person, an animal etc.

    Many of my relations came to my wedding.

    What is your relationship to David Jones?
    He's my brother.

    I have a great relationship with my father.

    Many thanks for the reply. Actually, by "realation" I meant the other meaning. Sometimes we hear "He has good relations with...". Can we use relationship instead? Thanks.

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    Re: 'Relation' and 'Relationship'

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Many thanks for the reply. Actually, by "realation" I meant the other meaning. Sometimes we hear "He has good relations with...". Can we use relationship instead? Thanks.
    I have heard "has good relations with" and I don't like it! It doesn't sound natural to me. I would always say "a good/bad relationship with..."

    Sorry, when I said there was another meaning for relation, I was talking about when we use it like this, for example:

    I am writing in relation to your letter of last week...

    That has nothing to do with "relations" i.e. members of your family.

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    Re: 'Relation' and 'Relationship'

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have heard "has good relations with" and I don't like it! It doesn't sound natural to me. I would always say "a good/bad relationship with..."

    Sorry, when I said there was another meaning for relation, I was talking about when we use it like this, for example:

    I am writing in relation to your letter of last week...

    That has nothing to do with "relations" i.e. members of your family.

    Hi...So, can I conclude that they could be used instead of each other, but we'd better use 'relationship'? For example:

    What's the relation/relationship between the two events?

    Ta!

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