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What's the most common way of describing the fact that the subject matter being talked is overlapping with some other area?

Precisely, what would you say below instead of "bridging on"?

-- Why didn't Jack agree to pave this road with asphalt last Friday?

-- It's a complicated matter bridging on Jack's religious views. Firstly, he can't stand the smell of warm asphalt as it brings back his memories of the negative experience he once had at a construction site when one of his classmates got stuck in warm asphalt and almost died. Another reason is because he considers Friday to be a holy day reserved only for prayer and fasting, but not for work.

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You could use the word involving. involve is about as common as a word can get for that kind of context.

Jack refused to pave this road with asphalt last Friday for reasons involving [or "for reasons that involve"] his religious views.

P.S. I see no "bridge" between the two ideas in your example, the childhood experience and the religious views. "To bridge on" suggests a relationship between the two; you can get from the one to the other.

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  • I see in your example that you've added "for reasons", hence, I need to ask you: would "involving" fit in well in my first example instead of "bringing on"? In other words, does "It's a complicated matter involving Jack's religious views" sound fine?
    – brilliant
    Oct 28, 2018 at 15:04
  • Yes, "a complicated matter involving Jack's religious views" is fine.
    – TimR
    Oct 28, 2018 at 15:44

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