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    Arrow Make Contacts/Connections

    "Make friends" is widely understood. Could I say "make connections" and "make contacts" in the same spirit?

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    Re: Make Contacts/Connections

    Quote Originally Posted by EricaWW View Post
    "Make friends" is widely understood. Could I say "make connections" and "make contacts" in the same spirit?
    A friend is not the same as a contact or a connection. I feel sure that you are now going to post a text that suggests otherwise.

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    Re: Make Contacts/Connections

    Quote Originally Posted by EricaWW View Post
    "Make friends" is widely understood. Could I say "make connections" and "make contacts" in the same spirit?
    You could, with the different meaning of the key word, of course.

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    Re: Make Contacts/Connections

    Both "connection" and "contact" has senses for "a (working) relationship" and "a person who could help you". So could:

    a) "He went to the party to make business connections."
    b) "He went to the party to make business contacts."

    mean he went there to make business friends or establish working relations?

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    Re: Make Contacts/Connections

    Quote Originally Posted by EricaWW View Post
    So could:

    a) "He went to the party to make business connections."
    b) "He went to the party to make business contacts."

    mean he went there to make business friends or establish working relations?
    If speakers want to convey the meanings I have underlined, they would be advised to use those words. There seems to be little point in saying one thing when you mean another.

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    Re: Make Contacts/Connections

    aa) "He went to the party to make business connections who could help him."
    bb) "He went to the party to make business connections with people."

    cc) "He went to the party to make business contacts who could help him."
    dd) "He went to the party to make business contacts with people."

    aa) and bb) seem to use the two different senses of "connections", or could one be totally wrong?

    cc) and dd) seem to use the two different senses of "contacts", or could one be totally wrong?

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    Re: Make Contacts/Connections

    A reasonable dictionary will tell you that both 'connection' and 'contact' have more than two meanings, including those involving acts and people.

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    Re: Make Contacts/Connections

    Then, aa), bb), cc), and dd) are all acceptable?

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    Re: Make Contacts/Connections

    Quote Originally Posted by EricaWW View Post
    Then, aa), bb), cc), and dd) are all acceptable?
    That's a strange conclusion to jjump to after I wrote, "If speakers want to convey the meanings I have underlined, they would be advised to use those words. There seems to be little point in saying one thing when you mean another."

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    Re: Make Contacts/Connections

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    A reasonable dictionary will tell you that both 'connection' and 'contact' have more than two meanings, including those involving acts and people.
    Post #7 APPEARS to IMPLY that the aa), bb), cc), and dd) are acceptable.

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