Common, Mutual & Joint

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Crawford Powell

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Native Arabic speaker from "Egypt"
-What's the difference between (Common, Mutual & Joint) in the following sentence:
  • A lot of countries teamed up with each other to perform common/mutual/joint operations during the WW2 [i.e. World War II]... To achieve military goals.
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  • JamesM

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    We don't send operations so the context seems a little odd. We perform operations.

    I think the most common word in this context is "joint". "Mutual" usually means that both parties get something, good or bad, out of the arrangement in an equal measure: mutual assistance, mutual aid, mutually assured destruction. The countries are not providing aid to each other. They are working together on specific goals.
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