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For questions about interactions with friends, people with whom you share personal details of your lives and enjoy shared activities.

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Means of expressing sympathy and understanding without saying "I know"

One thing that may help is to avoid "I" statements altogether, keeping the focus very firmly on your friend and their statements. It also helps to approximately echo the level of intensity of the othe …
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How do I convince someone formalities between internet friends aren't necessary over a casua...

It sounds like your friend is trying to indirectly ease into the conversation, hoping that you will give them a graceful entry point to their purpose, and it's only after several back-and-forth exchan …
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