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    'relation' or 'relationship' in scientific writing

    Hi All,

    Here is a question that has puzzled me for a long time. When writing a scientific paper, should I use 'relation' or 'relationship' when describing the connection of a studying object with some other processes? For example, should I say 'the relation of hydrothermal activity to earthquakes' or 'the relationship of hydrothermal activity to earthquakes'?

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    Re: 'relation' or 'relationship' in scientific writing

    ..when describing the connection of a studying object an object/activity under study with some other processes.


    You say: the relationship between hydrothermal activity and earthquakes.

    'Relation' between two things is the actual connection or similarity between them whereas 'relationship' is the way they are connected and covers a wider scope.

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