On a give-and-take basis

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farhad_persona

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Hi there
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Which one of these two sounds better to you? :

Nations regularly do business with one another on a give-and-take basis.

or

Nations regularly do business with one another on a quid pro quo basis.


I want to suggest that different nations in the international stage do business with each other on a regular basis. They give something and they get something in return.

If neither works for you, how would you put it?
 
  • PaulQ

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    UK
    English - England
    Both work though, on a give-and-take basis. mainly refers to forgiving/ignoring the foibles of one party by the other, and " quid pro quo " is more returning one good turn for another.

    Also,
    "... on a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" basis."
    "... on a basis of mutual interest."
    etc.
     
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    farhad_persona

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    Farsi
    Both work though, on a give-and-take basis. mainly refers to forgiving/ignoring the foibles of one party by the other, and " quid pro quo " is more returning one good turn for another.

    Also,
    "... on a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours" basis."
    "... on a basis of mutual interest."
    etc.
    Kudos to Paul! :thumbsup:
     
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