Did they come to you and immediately make you feel a relationship was being offered with the Russians that you’d like to develop? Or did you seek it from your end?

I found the phrase in this article: http://www.theartsdesk.com/classical-music/qa-special-pianist-barry-douglas

  • He's asking who initiated the dialog/relationship/etc: the Russians, or you (ie did the dialog start on the Russians' end, or on your end)? – Dan Bron Jun 22 '15 at 12:27

In this context, the word 'end' is referring to one (of two) members in the communication: you and the Russians. The question is asking whether the Russians sought a relationship with you, or if you sought a relationship with the Russians.

It might be helpful to try replacing the word 'end' with 'perspective':

Or did you seek it from your perspective?

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    Metaphorically, there are two "ends" in a bilateral relationship. Your end meets with their end in the middle, where the communication and other interaction takes place. When you are communicating, you offer words, tone of voice and body language at "your end", when they are communicating, they offer words, tone of voice and body language at "their end". Both ends of the relationship perceive these mutual offerings at their own end, but the challenge is to reconcile the differences in the middle ground. – ScotM Jun 22 '15 at 14:07
  • I like your first paragraph, and @ScotM adds a lot to this answer with his comment. I disagree with the rephrasing with "perspective" though. It sounds rather awkward as you don't usually do things from perspectives. – mfoy_ Jun 22 '15 at 14:24
  • It might be helpful to try replacing the phrase 'from your end' with 'yourself / yourselves'. This is not a suitable question for ELU, Edwin (but hello). – Edwin Ashworth Jun 22 '15 at 14:27

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