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    common action?

    Hello Everyone,

    Can we say replace the underlined with common action?

    It takes the efforts of both China and the United Statesto address their economic and trade frictions.



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    Re: common action?

    You can, but it changes the meaning.

    "the efforts" of both parties does not necessarily mean something that is in common. It means that both parties must make a effort on their own part to resolve something.

    A common action is an action in common - both parties do the same thing.

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