mutual benefits

windyvalley

Senior Member
Chinese
Hi,

Please kindly help check if these two sentence are correct.

1)They keep a relationship with mutual benefits.

2)They keep a mutual beneficial relationship.

Thanks in advance!

Windy
 
  • Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Hi,

    Please kindly help check if these two sentence are correct.

    1)They keep a relationship with mutual benefits.

    2)They keep a mutual beneficial relationship.

    Thanks in advance!

    Windy
    Windy, we're going to need some context. Who is keeping such a relationship and what are the "mutual benefits"? Is this an allusion to the trendy phrase "friends with benefits" meaning friends that sleep together but don't want a romantic relationship?

    Even without context, however, I will tell you that "keep" seems wrong to me and "mutual beneficial" is incorrect.
     

    windyvalley

    Senior Member
    Chinese
    Hi Dimcl,

    I tried to say two countries have a relationship of doing good to each other.

    I am curious about that " keep" is the wrong word used here, for I had many search results on web about " keep a relationship".

    Hope this is clear, and pending your futher comments.

    Thanks for your patience!

    Windy:)
     

    Dimcl

    Senior Member
    Canadian English
    Hi Dimcl,

    I tried to say two countries have a relationship of doing good to each other.

    I am curious about that " keep" is the wrong word used here, for I had many search results on web about " keep a relationship".

    Hope this is clear, and pending your futher comments.

    Thanks for your patience!

    Windy:)
    You may be misinterpreting those internet references, WV. "Keep" would be the correct word is you amplify on the sentence ie: "Keep a relationship strong", "Keep a relationship vibrant", "Keep a relationship alive", etc. I think that a far more appropriate word in your sentence and context would be "maintain". You could say:

    "They maintain a relationship with mutual benefits" and
    "They maintain a mutually beneficial relationship"
     

    dwm

    Member
    USA - English
    Not sure what the dictionary says, but I actually think that "keep a relationship" doesn't sound THAT weird and could be used, especially in the context of two countries. But of course, as others have mentioned, "have a relationship" is better.
     
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