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    #1

    Smile Is this always asking relation or relationship? "what is it with you and"

    Hello

    1. Your girlfriend, Jane shake her hands with the president of GE,
    you can ask "what is it with you and him?"
    -> relationship

    2. Before 3days before Christmas, your friend John said he hates Christmas.
    then I can ask ""what is it with you and Christmas?"(A bad memory?)
    -> relation

    Is this always asking relation or relationship?

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    Re: Is this always asking relation or relationship? "what is it with you and"

    mokbon.
    "What is it with you and...?" is a question about relationship.
    It's saying, "What is the association/connection between you and X that causes the behaviour that I've noticed?"

    "What is it with you and Christmas, you're like a little child?"
    "It just brings back so many happy memories".

    "What is it with you and Christmas, you get so grumpy?"
    "I hate the way it's become so commercialized".

    "What is it with you and the president of GE? He laughs at all your jokes".
    "I don't know, maybe he just likes me".

    not a teacher

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