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The matter ___ your fate cannot be taken for granted.
A.relating to B.related to

Key:B I want to know the difference between "relate to" and "be related to". Thanks.
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Hello Q

The difference can be made more explicit like this:

1. The matter-relating-to-your-fate cannot be taken for granted.

2. The matter (related to your fate) cannot be taken for granted.

In #1, the fact of the relation between 'matter' and 'fate' is more important.

MrP
Sorry. Can you explain it more clearly?
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Hello Q

It's a very slight difference.

'A' emphasises the direct connection between 'the matter' and 'your fate'. What is important is that the 'matter' relates to 'your fate'. 'Your fate' is going to be very important in the conversation that follows.

In B, although the 'matter' is 'related' to 'your fate', there is less sense of importance (or urgency) in the connection.

You might rephrase the 2 examples thus:

1. The matter that is related to your fate cannot be taken for granted.
2. The matter, which is related to your fate, cannot be taken for granted.

MrP
Thank you, MrPedantic. But what about "The matter that relates to your fate cannot be taken for granted"? Is it right to say "The matter relating to your fate cannot be taken for granted"?
Hello Q

Yes, you could say:

1. The matter that relates to your fate cannot be taken for granted.
2. The matter, which relates to your fate, cannot be taken for granted.

MrP
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Hi,

Can we also say

The matter-relative-to-your-fate cannot be taken for granted.

What will this mean? I think it will be closer to "matter-relating-to-your-fate" in meaning, won't it?