(hold/maintain) a conversation


1. converse clearly with someone, keep a conversation going






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hold/maintain a conversation with different people

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When you 'hold a conversation' or can 'maintain a conversation', you are able to carry out a conversation without any awkward silences, offering insights, building on what the other person is saying and contributing to a conversation in a meaningful way.

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  1. Students often test their language skills by holding a conversation with a native speaker.
  2. He didn't get the job as he was unable to maintain a conversation in English.

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  1. I felt that the candidate excelled in knowing about technical aspects of the job but when it came to soft skills, such as holding a conversation, he struggled.
  2. I find it very difficult to maintain a conversation in French over the phone. I find I often mishear what the other person is saying.

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