[Vocabulary] people’s only comanionship or companions.

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Which word is better “companions or companionship”?
Dogs have been man’s best friends for thousands of years, and nowadays they are some people’s only comanionship/companions.
 
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Use companions. The dogs are companions. Companionship is the relationship.
 

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“They are some people’s only companionship” is suggested by a native teacher.
 

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That's because some native speakers say it.

So the following is more natural.
Dogs have been man’s best friends for thousands of years, and nowadays they are some people’s only companions.


Now, how about the sentence below? Which one is better?
Dogs love you more that they love themselves, and they are very loyal, so they can make delightful companions/companionship.
 

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So the following is more natural.
Dogs have been man’s best friends for thousands of years, and [STRIKE]nowadays they are[/STRIKE] have always been some people’s only companions.

Now, how about the sentence below? Which one is better?
Dogs love you more than they love themselves, and they are very loyal, so they can make delightful companions. [STRIKE] /companionship[/STRIKE].
#1 (if you had numbered them) is better. We don't know whether dogs love us more than they love themselves.
 

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We don't know whether dogs love us more than they love themselves.
Dogs have been man’s best friends for thousands of years, and nowadays they arehave always been some people’s only companions.
Thanks Rover_KE.
All of the sentences suggested by a native English teacher.:shock:
 

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Really?
:shock:
Yes. :roll:
If we wanted to avoid repeating the words "companions" twice, what would be an alternative word?
 

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Yes. :roll:
If we wanted to avoid repeating the words "companions" twice, what would be an alternative word?

Give me a sentence, and I might have an idea.

(We wouldn't say "repeating it twice". By repeating it you're saying it twice.)
 
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Give me a sentence, and I might have an idea.


Dogs have been man’s best friends for thousands of years, and they have always been some people’s only companions. Dogs are said to love their owners more than they love themselves, and they are very loyal, so they can make delightful companions.
 
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#1 (if you had numbered them) is better. We don't know whether dogs love us more than they love themselves.
Rover_KE,
how about the following?
Dogs are said to love their owners more than they love themselves.
 

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Dogs have been man’s best friends for thousands of years, and they have always been some people’s only companions. Dogs are said to love their owners more than they love themselves, and they are very loyal, so they can make delightful companions.

It seems like you are going to repeat either friends or companions. Hm. Maybe instead of "delightful companions" you could say "good buddies".

That might work.
 
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I prefer "nowadays" to "always been". We don't know that dogs have always been some people's companions. In fact, we do know that there was a time before dogs were domesticated. Now, with the breakup of so many families, and many people living alone, pets are some people's only companions, and their only companionship.
 

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Well, your dog won't borrow money from you and not pay you back. Your dog won't steal from you. Your dog won't make promises and not keep them. For starters.
 

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Well, your dog won't borrow money from you and not pay you back.
Certainly, I agree with all that. My cat doesn't do any of those things either. But that's a different claim from saying that this has been the case throughout human history even before domestication. Actually, a wild cat or dog will steal from you, even if it's only food.
 

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I wouldn't consider it theft if a dog or cat took something that was mine. Animals have no concept of private property.
 
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