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    Question relation or relationship?

    It is widely believed that a good ____________ between the two countries is important for the develpment of...
    A. relation B. relationship

    Is there a difference between the two words? In this sentence, which of them would you rather use? Thanks!

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    Re: relation or relationship?

    First tell us which you would use and why.

    As you know, we don't simply give answers to homework questions.

    Rover

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    Re: relation or relationship?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    First tell us which you would use and why.

    As you know, we don't simply give answers to homework questions.

    Rover
    I didn't think there was a difference between the two words until I encountered this question. I looked them up in the dictionary and found it seemed that "relation" can refer to the connection between countries, while "relationship" refers to the one between individuals or groups. So I chose "relation", but the standard answer is "relationship". So what do you think?

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    Re: relation or relationship?

    I think "good relations" is the best answer, without "a" but that doesn't seem to be a choice.
    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: relation or relationship?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I think "good relations" is the best answer, without "a" but that doesn't seem to be a choice.
    Thanks. But could you tell me why you don't choose to say "good relationships" in this sentence instead? What concerns me is the difference between them in a native speaker's mind.
    Last edited by roseriver1012; 28-Jun-2012 at 03:09.

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    Re: relation or relationship?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Thanks. But could you tell me why you don't choose to say "good relationships" in this sentence instead? What concerns me is the difference between them in a native speaker's mind.
    Because "relationships" (plural) wouldn't be appropriate after the indefinite article "a".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: relation or relationship?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Because "relationships" (plural) wouldn't be appropriate after the indefinite article "a".

    I just want to know the difference between "relation" and "relationship". I certainly know it's not right to say "a relationships"!!

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    #8

    Re: relation or relationship?

    When we talk about how two countries deal with each other, we use a few stock phrases, most of which can be found in newspapers or on the TV/radio news.

    For the last few years, the UK and the USA have been said to have a "special relationship". No-one ever really got to the bottom of what that meant (other than that when the USA snaps its fingers, the UK jumps).

    In the main, countries are said to have "a good/poor relationship" or "good relations". I am not aware of any particular context where one would be used over the other, but the singular "relation" is rarely used in this context as far as I can recall.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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