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    #11

    Re: family history and generation gap

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    What Ems means is that generation gap doesn't fit this context.
    As I thought I'd said twice, if not three times!
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    #12

    Re: family history and generation gap

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    As I thought I'd said twice, if not three times!

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    #13

    Re: family history and generation gap

    How about: Learning family history helps the different generations understand each other better thereby bringing them closer?

    The generation gap is not applicable to a particular family but is a general problem in a society.
    Last edited by tedmc; 17-Oct-2020 at 01:58.
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    #14

    Re: family history and generation gap

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    The first half is OK. I'm not keen on that use of "generation gap". There is, of course, a gap between the generations in every family! We tend to use "generation gap" to refer to society in general, not to single families.
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Given that I just told you that we don't generally refer to the generation gap in families, why did you use it again in your new attempt? (In case it wasn't clear, when I said "single families", I was referring to any/all families.)
    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm not sure where you're trying to go with this at all. Are you trying to suggest that learning some family history can help to bring the different generations of a family together?
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    I can't really think of a way. The generation gap is something that refers to an entire population. Family history is limited to the genealogy of the family involved.
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    How about: Learning family history helps the different generations understand each other better thereby bringing them closer?

    The generation gap is not applicable to a particular family but is a general problem in a society.
    Maybe tedmc will have better luck than I did, by basically just paraphrasing everything I said in four previous posts.
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    #15

    Re: family history and generation gap

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Maybe tedmc will have better luck than I did, by basically just paraphrasing everything I said in four previous posts.
    Please rest assured that I have completely scrapped the idea of using generation gap and family history in the same context.

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    #16

    Re: family history and generation gap

    We got there in the end.

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