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How to express "come back together" or "make up"? Options
hoho
Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 3:00:01 PM
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like a couple break up, and then they come back together again, what is the professional way (native speaking) of saying this?

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thar
Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 3:12:02 PM

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reconciliation ?, a couple reconcile ?

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rec·on·cile (rkn-sl)
v. rec·on·ciled, rec·on·cil·ing, rec·on·ciles

v.intr.
1. To reestablish a close relationship, as in marriage: The estranged couple reconciled after a year.
kingfisher
Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 3:14:03 PM
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There are many acceptable ways. We might say, "they got back together." We could say they "reunited."
richsap
Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 5:28:39 PM
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Reconciled fits best IMHO. "Made amends" is less intimate.
excaelis
Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 9:48:46 PM

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Surrender.
Romany
Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 10:24:34 PM
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Ex - you are in fine, if cynical, form these days!

As to the OP - Both reconcile and get back together, as posted above, apply to this situation. The former is the more professional, or formal, way of expressing it; the latter being the informal or colloquial expression.
jcbarros
Posted: Friday, April 29, 2011 10:40:16 PM

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TTOTSS (Tripping twice on the same stone)
Marissa La Faye Isolde
Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2011 12:04:54 AM
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I think most people in everyday talk just say: "So and So are back together again."

But when speaking more formally I personally like using Thar and Kingfisher's choice of words: "So and So have reconciled their differences and have reunited as a couple again."

However, jcbarros and excailis's choice of words are fine too...(unprofessionally of course :))
Todd C. Williams
Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2011 9:26:37 AM

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Since you are asking for the "professional way" to express this, "reconcile" in its various forms is correct. Lawyers, counselors, medical professionals, etc. in professional situations would say reconcile. The same person in a casual conversation might say "made up," "got back together," "hooked back up," etc.
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Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2011 12:52:46 PM

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as all of you have said - "reconcile" is the word. "Surrender" eX? - it's not that baaaaad !! ever the one-lined cynic - we know you better than that (I hope)Whistle



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excaelis
Posted: Saturday, April 30, 2011 10:11:02 PM

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Okay, okay. I guess the blessed state of acrimony isn't all that bad. However, with every reconciliation one hears the ghosts of Versailles, n'est ce pas ?
intelfam
Posted: Sunday, May 1, 2011 5:13:18 AM
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excaelis wrote:
Okay, okay. I guess the blessed state of acrimony isn't all that bad. However, with every reconciliation one hears the ghosts of Versailles, n'est ce pas ?


Very nicely put ex, Applause
hoho
Posted: Sunday, May 1, 2011 7:11:19 PM
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Thanks all of u for ur excellent answers :)
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Hoho, if I remember well, is this the same guy in the other department? Don't do this to yourself baby.
Romany
Posted: Monday, May 2, 2011 9:51:36 PM
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Hi, DM, good to see you are also going to give your English some exercise and nutrition too!
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