Archive for March 8, 2011

grammatical word: chemistry

Most people know the first meaning of today’s grammatical word: “chemistry”. It is, of course, one of the branches of science. Personally, I hated chemistry in high school. It was so difficult for me.

However, there is a second meaning to this word that many people don’t know. It can also be used to talk about a quality that two (or more) people have together that makes them have a good relationship. For example:

I didn’t want to continue dating Steven because there was no chemistry between us.

I met my wife at a party about three years ago. I could feel the chemistry between us from the first moment we met.

The two stars in that romantic comedy have great chemistry together, so the movie is a lot of fun to watch.

That TV show doesn’t work well because there’s no chemistry between the actors.

Although we can use this word to talk about the relationship between anyone, we usually use it to talk about romantic relationships. However, when talking about a TV show or a movie, it can be used to talk about the stars of the production and, in those cases, it doesn’t matter if it’s a romantic relationship or not.

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