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status quo • feelings • initiative
tough • pleasant
  1. Any question about my divorce is a question.
  2. Breaking my leg was not a experience.
  3. His whole life went against the , but people admired him for it.
  4. She was very sensitive when she was pregnant and it was easy to hurt her .
  5. She is a good employee because she knows how to take the .
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Mixer #94 Breaking Up

Is it better to break up with somoene or have them break up with you?

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the status quo


That would change the status quo.

The 'status quo' talks about an existing situation or normal condition.  Notice the following:

  1. It wouldn't affect the status quo.
  2. The government has attempted to maintain the status quo.

hurt (someone's) feelings



I don't want to hurt their feelings.

When we 'hurt someone's feelings' it means that we make them feel sad.  Notice the following:

  1. She really hurt his feelings.
  2. Sorry if I hurt your feelings.

take the initiative


I would take the initiative.

To 'take the initiative' means to make decisions and take action without waiting for others to tell us what to do.  Notice the following:

  1. You need to take the initiative and end the relationship.
  2. I took the initiative and broke up with him.

a tough question


That's a tough question.

A 'tough question' is a difficult question to answer. A tough question can also be one we don't want to answer because it's an emotional issue.  Notice the following:

  1. Do I like being single?  That's a tough question.
  2. Whether to break up is a tough question.

not a pleasant experience


It's not a pleasant experience.

An 'unpleasant experience' is not enjoyable, usually because it is uncomfortable in some way.  Notice the following:

  1. Breaking up was not a pleasant experience.
  2. Being single again is not a pleasant experience.