General Writing and Grammar Help/Part company - part ways

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Dear Ted:

Is there a difference between "to part COMPANY with someone" and "to part WAYS with someone"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

Many, many thanks for your kind help.

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

  
Is there a difference between "to part COMPANY with someone" and "to part WAYS with someone"?

If so, when should I use each of them?

Would you please give me some examples?

*** They mean the same thing.  

EXAMPLES:

Although Jim and I had been friends for many years, the differences in our political views caused us to part company.

John and Janice were constantly arguing.  They finally agreed to part ways and date other people.

Ted

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