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make a difference • for life • guys
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  1. How many are coming?
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  3. You should go, but , you are welcome to return.
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Mixer 133 Can men and women be best friends?

Listen to six people discuss if women and men can be best friends while dating or being married to other people.

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make a difference

I don't think it makes a difference.

When you make a difference with someone, your actions affect them in a positive way. Notice the following:

  1. My father made a big difference in my life.
  2. It makes a difference if you live in a foreign country when learning a language.

for life

He is going to be your best friend for life.

For life mean for the rest of your life, or until death. Notice the following:

  1. He was sent to prison for life.
  2. I hope to live in my hometown for life.

with that in mind

So, with that in mind, yes, man and woman can be best friends for life.

Here the phrase 'with that in mind' means 'considering that'. Notice the following:

  1. The roads were icy, so with that in mind, I drove slowly .
  2. The test is four hours long, so you need to keep that in mind when preparing for it.

guys / girls

two guys or two girls.

Men and women are sometimes referred to as guys and girls, regardless of age. Notice the following:

  1. There were five guys and three girls at the party.
  2. For the game, the class was divided between guys and girls.

be an issue

I don't see why gender should be an issue when it comes to friendship.

When something is 'an issue', that means it is a problem. Notice the following:

  1. Will it be an issue if I am a few minutes late?
  2. Obesity is not a big issue in America.