The phrase is being used in the following sentence:

"Always keep your promises and seek to strengthen mutual trust."

I feel that the sentence would be better with just "trust", but the person who originally wrote this wants it to be clear that the trust is two way.

  • Do you think that the phrase "trust each other"—as in "Always keep your promises and seek to strengthen the idea that you and those you interact with can trust each other"— is redundant? – Sven Yargs Jul 25 '18 at 17:21

Mutual trust can be used to emphasise the two-way part. For example, a pupil can trust their teacher (just because they are educated grown-ups), but that doesn't mean the teacher trusts the pupil. On the other hand, the pupil can be punctual and keep their promises so that the teacher will begin to trust that pupil over time. In that case, mutual trust is strengthened.

  • "I think" is comment, not an answer. The question is POB. – Kris Jul 25 '18 at 5:56
  • @Kris Yet it says answer at the top. I will remove the I think part, seeing it makes people uncomfortable or confused. There are arguments for saying it redundant and there are arguments against it. Laying out those arguments is still helpful and it would be a mistake to close as POB. – JJJ Jul 25 '18 at 5:57
  • "Arguments are not answers." <-- And that's not an opinion or an argument. Please read the FAQ. – Kris Jul 25 '18 at 6:01
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    This is an excellent answer to a valid question. The criticism is invalid. – Chappo Hasn't Forgotten Monica Jul 25 '18 at 9:00
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    As the original asker, I found that the JJJ's comment was an adequate answer to my question. I had assumed that in the context of the sentence "trust" was inherently mutual. However they demonstrated that trust can be one way as well. – Saine Jul 25 '18 at 20:44

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