Which one is correct?

  1. A friendship build on business is much better than a business build on friendship.

  2. A friendship that is built on business is much better than a business that is built on friendship.

  • To the close voters and the editor, the question is not about tense but whether a noun phrase a friendship build or a verb should be used.
    – Mari-Lou A
    Aug 1, 2019 at 6:11
  • @Mari-LouA How do you know? The author hasn’t exactly given us much to go on.
    – ColleenV
    Aug 7, 2019 at 18:18

1 Answer 1


The verb build is used as "I build, you build, he builds..." The first sentence makes no sense that way.

There is also a noun use of build (same link) but the first sentence still does not work when used like that.

The past and past participle of build is built.

So the second sentence is good, but it can be shortened to

A friendship built on business is much better than a business built on friendship.

  • 1
    But if we shortened it then it looks like past tense
    – Rocky
    Jul 24, 2019 at 19:27
  • 4
    If a friendship exists, it was built. Jul 24, 2019 at 19:29
  • 1
    @Rocky It's a modifier by the past particle. So Weather's answer is completely fine.
    – user17814
    Jul 24, 2019 at 19:31
  • But it can also be taken as a suggestion I mean that if happen would be a good thing in future.
    – Rocky
    Jul 25, 2019 at 10:06
  • The sentence I posted also works as a general aphorism, for a relationship that does not yet exist, i.e. is in the future. Jul 25, 2019 at 10:08

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