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Hey guys, which one of the two phrases below is proper and more commonly used if both are good? If they are both good English, any difference between them?

1) The relationship between translation theories and translation teaching.

2) The relation between translation theories and translation teaching.

Any help would greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.
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Hi Stillwater

I would use relation in your sentence. Relationship usually refers to an emotional or other connection between people or a connection by blood or marriage.

CB
Cool BreezeHi Stillwater

I would use relation in your sentence. Relationship usually refers to an emotional or other connection between people or a connection by blood or marriage.

CB
Hi CB and Stillwater:

I thought both should be ok for stillwater's example. By my humble point of view, using relationship is much more formal than using relation in such a context. Further, relation and relationship can be used as follows:

a relation between those people or a relationship between those people

the latter is just more formal than the former.

BTW, I am not a native English speaker; I just want to join such a discussion.

Osee
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Oh, that's interesting, CB. I would have said "relationship."
Grammar GeekOh, that's interesting, CB. I would have said "relationship."
Hi GG

By all means, please do! The information in my previous post is from the Random House Webster's Unabridged Dictionary, but it may lag behind times. I'm all for all kinds of freedom, variety and colorfulness in language - any language. Emotion: smile

Cheers
CB
Here is a sentence from my English magazine: There is no relationship between beeing a good parent and speaking English. At first I was convinced the sentense is wrong but in light of your dispute it makes sense. Relation were my word of choice but no. Last remark: the speaker is from the USA.
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the suffix -ship in English always implies a certain quality associated with the word it connects.

for instance:

friend and friendship: the former indicates a role of a person as in "he is a friend of mine". the latter emphasizes on the feeling of friendly affection. in real life we may well have many friends yet only a few can offer friendship.

craftsman and craftsmanship: one may be a craftsman but not necessarily possesses craftsmanship.

leader and leadership: you can see too many leaders who have no leadership at all, which includes vision, courage, charisma and spiritual quality.

i think you have got the picture.

a relation may or may not have the relationship, so to speak. the two words have their own emphasises.