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    family history and generation gap

    Hello.

    Can I say there is a correlation between "generation gap" and "family history"?

    Does this work?

    I think knowing about family history can help alleviate some of the problems that are caused by the generation gap in a family.

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    Re: family history and generation gap

    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.
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    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.
    Okay. What about this?

    I think knowing about family history can help alleviate some of the problems that are caused by the generation gap in families.
    I want to make a correlation between family history and generation gap if possible.

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    Re: family history and generation gap

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    We tend to use "generation gap" to refer to society in general, not to single families.
    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    Okay. What about this?

    I think knowing about family history can help alleviate some of the problems that are caused by the generation gap in families.
    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.)
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    Re: family history and generation gap

    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.)
    Sorry. I misunderstood. So, is there no way I can make it work? What if I change family to society?

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    Re: family history and generation gap

    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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    Re: family history and generation gap

    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?
    By learning the family history, one can understand their previous generations better. And this can reduce some of the problems that are caused by a lack of understanding.

    I was thinking about using generation gap or generation conflict.

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    Re: family history and generation gap

    How can I make a correlation between family history and generation gap?

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    Re: family history and generation gap

    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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    Re: family history and generation gap

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    How can I make a correlation between family history and generation gap?
    What Ems means is that generation gap doesn't fit this context. The phrase exists, but that's not how we use it.

    What you want to say is that that learning family history can help people solve misunderstandings between generations.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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