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    Question "Relations will become shallow"?

    Hi all,
    Would you please tell me if the adjective 'shallow' could be used for the relations among people? I'm not a native, so I can't easily tell if such collocations are wrong! Thanks a lot!

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    Re: "Relations will become shallow"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,
    Would you please tell me if the adjective 'shallow' could be used for the relations among people? I'm not a native, so I can't easily tell if such collocations are wrong! Thanks a lot!
    In context, it would makes sense, though I've never heard it used. More often, in my experience, relations are superficial or perfunctory or cool/cold'.

    But there's nothing wrong with using words in new ways. In the song 'I wish I were in love again' Sinatra sang 'When love congeals...' - more arresting than 'When love goes cold'; it also allows for a better rhyme - 'performing seals' [!] ( and, by chance, 'performing' is related to 'perfunctory', by way of the Latin verb fungor - I wonder if the lyricist knew that? )

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    Re: "Relations will become shallow"?

    Would you please tell me if the adjective 'shallow' could be used for the relations among people? I'm not a native, so I can't easily say if such collocations are wrong! Thanks a lot!

    Yes, that's right. Shallow relations are based on superficial qualities and not deep understanding.

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    Re: "Relations will become shallow"?

    Quote Originally Posted by English Freak View Post
    Would you please tell me if the adjective 'shallow' could be used for the relations among people? I'm not a native, so I can't easily say if such collocations are wrong! Thanks a lot!

    Yes, that's right. Shallow relations are based on superficial qualities and not deep understanding.


    Thanks for the correction. But, 'tell' means 'recognise', or 'to be certain', in my sentence.

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    Re: "Relations will become shallow"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Thanks for the correction. But, 'tell' means 'recognise', or 'to be certain', in my sentence.
    And you used it correctly.

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