talk behind other friends' backs / talk behind the other friend's back

Tae-Bbong-Ea

Member
Korean
Hello all

I want to know the correct sentence depending on each context.

Context 1) I get together with my friends, and then I want to talk about a couple of friends negatively.
so can I say "We talk behind other friends' backs" ?

Context 2) I only want to talk about one friend negatively.
so can I say "We talk behind the other friend's back"?
 
  • Chez

    Senior Member
    English English
    We talk behind our friends' backs (we talk about multiple friends)

    We talk behind our friend's back (we talk behind one person's back)
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    It not something you say directly. It's something you are accused of doing usually. Like this:

    A, B, C and D are talking. D leaves. Then A says to B and C, "Did you hear the music video D made? He sounds like a duck when he sings. He's a terrible singer."

    Later, A is surprised when D comes to talk to him and says, "I hear you've been talking behind my back about my singing."

    Now A might feel bad about doing it.
     

    Tae-Bbong-Ea

    Member
    Korean
    Dear @Chez @kentix

    Okay, Thanks for your explanation.
    So how about talking behind the friend who does not attend the gathering with me and my friends.

    So a context is the following.
    I and my friends got together in a bar.
    And then we wanted to talk about other friends but they did not attend the gathering.

    In this case, can I still say "our friends' backs?"
     

    kentix

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    No, we don't use it that way. We just talk about people if we want to. Sometimes it might be called gossiping. It's only if someone hears about it later and becomes angry that that person might use the phrase "you were taking behind my back" or "I don't like you talking behind my back".
     
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