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An age-old adage emphasizes that “True friends are like stars; you don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there.”

True friends are the ones who consistently offer support and assistance. However, friendships can take on various forms.

To discuss friends and friendships in English, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with some useful words and phrases.

Enhancing your vocabulary, engaging in conversations to practice known words, listening to or reading English books, and communicating with friends and colleagues in English are crucial daily activities if you are committed to learning the language.

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  •         To be friends
  •         To have friends
  •         To friend somebody = to add to friends (done on social media)
  •         To form / to build a friendship
  •         To make friends / to befriend
  •         To develop a friendship
  •         To destroy / to break a friendship

Types of Friends in English

  •         Buddy 
  •         Old friend
  •         Real / true / good / loyal / trusted friend
  •         School friend
  •         Family friend
  •         Childhood friend
  •         Close friends
  •         BFF = best friends forever
  •         Best mate 
  •         Penpal/e-pal 
  •         Acquaintance
  •         Colleague = coworker
  •         Classmate
  •         Flatmate/roommate 
  •         Boyfriend
  •         Girlfriend
  •         Just friends

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Interesting Sayings and Expressions about Friendship in English 

  1.    Friends in high places
  2.    Circle of friends
  3.  A friend in need is a friend indeed
  4.    With friends like that who needs enemies?
  5.    Frenemy = friend + enemy
  6.    Fair-weather friend 
  7.    Man’s best friend 

And now, a couple of inquiries:

How would you characterize a genuine friend? Do you think a platonic friendship is possible between a man and a woman?

Express your responses in English!

Exercise your English skills, my friends.

What is your English level?

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