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    What's the meaning of the underlined?

    Dear all,

    What's the meaning of the underlined?
    Thanks in advance.

    There’s nothing like an interest in common to start a friendship, but a man’s got to see further than a fish bowl to win a girl’s heart.

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    Re: What's the meaning of the underlined?

    'There's nothing like' means that what follows is a very good example of something: 'There's nothing like being in a near-fatal car crash to make you focus on what's important in your life'. Often the resulting good thing isn't mentioned: 'There's nothing like a walk in the fresh air'. This syntactic trick leaves room for quite a few jokes along the lines of 'There's nothing like a good X; and that was nothing like a good X!'

    an interest in common' = 'a shared interest'. What this has to do with fish-bowls only the author can tell us.

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    Re: What's the meaning of the underlined?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eartha View Post
    There’s nothing like an interest in common to start a friendship, but a man’s got to see further than a fish bowl to win a girl’s heart.
    It says that generally an interest in the would-be-friend would be a start of a friendship.

    PS I am niether a native nor an English teacher. :)

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    Re: What's the meaning of the underlined?

    Quote Originally Posted by LQZ View Post
    It says that generally an interest in the would-be-friend would be a start of a friendship.

    PS I am niether a native nor an English teacher. :)
    Hi LQZ,
    That's not quite right. It's not an interest in that person, but an interest that they have in common, a shared interest. They may both be interested in tropical fish, for example, or both love the same football team and watch matches together.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What's the meaning of the underlined?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Hi LQZ,
    That's not quite right. It's not an interest in that person, but an interest that they have in common, a shared interest. They may both be interested in tropical fish, for example, or both love the same football team and watch matches together.
    Thanks, Barb. :)

    Actually, in common was confusing me.

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    If we have a friend in common, we are both friends with that person.
    If we have an interest in common, we are both interested in that topic.
    Once there was a funny episode of a TV show where two men realized that they both had an ex-wife in common! (Though she wasn't married to them at the same time, or course!)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What's the meaning of the underlined?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    If we have a friend in common, we are both friends with that person.
    If we have an interest in common, we are both interested in that topic.
    Once there was a funny episode of a TV show where two men realized that they both had an ex-wife in common! (Though she wasn't married to them at the same time, or course!)
    Thanks, Barb. I've got it.

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    Re: What's the meaning of the underlined?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eartha View Post
    Dear all,

    What's the meaning of the underlined?
    Thanks in advance.

    There’s nothing like an interest in common to start a friendship, but a man’s got to see further than a fish bowl to win a girl’s heart.
    Does the sentence mean "a shared interest is the best way to start a friendship?

    Thanks you all.

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    Re: What's the meaning of the underlined?

    Yes
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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