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    please find the phrase for me

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by majidkh, Jul 6, 2010.

    Hello


    What do you call it when you want to say “between two or more people someone takes sooner step in an affair, a work, doing something because he is more inclined to do it, to start a work before or sooner than others" :

    - After their quarrel he …in burying the hatchet and settling down their problem
    - After a long hidden love between Mary and John, finally he … in revealing his love to her.
    - One of the best ways in showing men’s love to their wife is their … in having sex. .
    - For a peaceful life , when it is in trouble you should …. in conciliating with your wife.

    Thanks a lot.
     
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    Take the initiative?
     
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    initiate / make the first move / instigate / prompt / come forward etc etc

    You may have to alter the phrases a bit, e.g.

    - After their quarrel he instigated burying the hatchet and settling their problem.
    - After a long hidden love between Mary and John, finally he came forward and revealed his love to her.
    - One of the best ways men show love to their wife is their initiating / instigatingsex.
    - For a peaceful married life, when there is trouble you should make the first move in conciliating / prompt conciliation with your wife.

    But I think there are simpler ways of putting all this that would be my first choice! e.g.

    - After their quarrel he was the first to bury the hatchet.
    - John hid his love for a long time before finally revealing his feelings to Mary.
    - One of the best ways men show love to their wife is by initiating sex.
    - For a peaceful married life, a husband and wife should try and agree.
     
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    'takes the initiative' or 'makes the first move' are closest and make most sense, imo...
     
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    OK...I don't think there is just ONE word that is going to relay what you are attemtping to say. This is simply my own opinion (please keep in mind what "they" say about opinions) but here is how I would reword it to get your message across.


    I didn't rework the 2nd two because I was a little shady on what you were trying to convey and I didn't want to change the meaning to something totally off base.

    Hope this helps!

    ~Bree
     
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    Be proactive,
    Take the initiative,
    roll the ball,
    get the ball rolling,
    etc, etc.
     
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    Thank you again everybody for your great help .
     

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