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Can someone write "we embraced" to mean "we embraced each other?"

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Yes, it's very common to use that form of expression to imply that you do something with/to each other. For example, we met, we talked, we shook hands, we played golf, we hugged, we kissed.

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Another example that pops to mind is .. too vulgar to list here :) – Brad Apr 16 '11 at 5:59

It is perfectly well to write "we embraced" to mean "we embraced each other".

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