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peter123

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Hi there,
Can 'relationship' be plural?

Our relationship(s) with parents will improve.

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pete
 

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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.
 
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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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Looks fine.

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

peter123

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Hi there,
Maybe I am a bit stupid. I don't understand the difference between 'maintain a good relationship' and 'make good relationships'.
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In the context, none really. It's just an alternative way of writing the sentence :-?
 
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