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  1. #1
    peter123 is offline Senior Member
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    relationship

    Hi there,
    Can 'relationship' be plural?

    Our relationship(s) with parents will improve.

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    pete

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: relationship

    You can have one relationship or multiple relationships.

    In your example, the context needs to be clearer:

    Our relationships with [the/our/(zero)] parents..... General statement - could be referring to the relationship between teachers and parents in a school setting OR human relationships in the family in general.



    Our relationship with our parents - Could be either a general statement about human relationship in families, or a specific statement about "our" - my siblings and me - relationship with our parents.
    Last edited by Anglika; 18-Jan-2008 at 13:49.

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    peter123 is offline Senior Member
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    Re: relationship

    Hi there,

    Thanks a lot. How about the following sentence?

    Some teachers are lenient to their students in order to maintain good relationships.

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    pete

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: relationship

    Looks fine.

    It could also be "...to maintain a good relationship".

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    peter123 is offline Senior Member
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    Re: relationship

    Hi there,
    Maybe I am a bit stupid. I don't understand the difference between 'maintain a good relationship' and 'make good relationships'.
    thanks
    pete

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    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
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    Re: relationship

    In the context, none really. It's just an alternative way of writing the sentence

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