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    Please help me find the word I'm looking for

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Knarfia, Oct 22, 2012.

    And by the way, hello to you all. I have a problem- I've lost a word. Description:

    "Can't exist without the other"- as in, "to me, hashbrowns are ---- with avocados" (because I never eat hashbrowns without them.)

    I keep wanting to say "synonymous," but to my understanding that would mean that I'm trying to convey that hashbrowns are the same thing as avocados, which they obviously aren't. Have you heard word of this word?

    Sigh.
     
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    "great hash-browns need avocados."
     
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    synonymous may be the word you're looking for.....means they go together.
     
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    One of these?
    Complete
    Essential
    Necessary
    Compulsory

    Maybe you could say...
    "To me, hashbrowns are nothing without avocados."
    "To me, hashbrowns are incomplete without avocados."
    "To me, hashbrowns are unacceptable without avocados."
    "To me, hashbrowns are paradoxical without avocados."
     
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    "Paradoxical" means "apparently self-contradictory". The above usage seems pretty inapt.

    Also, "compulsory" denotes an imposition upon one's will, rather than the expression of one's taste.
     
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    Ah, but the reason I include that is is that the OP let us know that he never eats one without the other.

    So, in a sense, the presence of hashbrowns (not really the hashbrowns themselves) on his plate could be considered a paradox or an absurdity if you'd prefer that term.

    This is, of course, if we are to consider his behavior regarding hashbrowns and avocados (both extremely delicious things, by the way) to be something that is invariable--and, seeing as he used the word never, it wouldn't be entirely incorrect to assume that said behavior or preference is indeed invariable.

    The OP also said "Can't exist without the other"

    And, if thing A required the existence of thing B in order to exist, the absence of thing B would make thing A's existence a paradox because although thing A is there, we know (at least in this hypothetical world where hashbrowns cannot exist without avocados) that it shouldn't exist if thing B really doesn't exist.
     
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    I know you asked for "with", not "without", but I suppose "unthinkable without" could work here.
     
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    Hash browns and avocados are totally different..right.....How we can say "can't exist without the other"....we cannot say.....I think so!!:p
     
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    'Synonymous' would be perfectly appropriate providing (as is the case) that you are stating it from a personal perspective ie. "To me, hash browns are synonymous with avacados." As far as you're concerned, you can't think of one without thinking of the other.

    As far as a blanket statement is concerned, it wouldn't be correct - simply because (unlike London and Big Ben, or New York and the Empire State Building) not everyone associates hash browns with avocados.

    Hope that helps. :)
     
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    Love the info I got here, thanks everyone.
     
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    Ideas, statements, and propositions can be paradoxical. Food and drink cannot, although they might embody contrasting qualities.

    Hashed browns don't require avocados to exist, either. The OP is simply accustomed to eating them together, and regards not doing so as very unpalatable, and unusual.
     
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    What's giving me fits is the idea that avocados are indispensible to hashed-browns.

    I can understand being "requisite" -- but if you're hungry, I'll bet you eat those hashed-browns sans avocado.
     

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