Why is 대화를 주고받는다 an awkward expression?

answer: because 대화 by itself already means 주고 받는다. So, it would be better to simply say 대화 한다.

The Sino-Korean word 대화 (對話) means “conversation” or “dialogue,” and 주고 받다 is a purely Korean word meaning “give and take” or “exchange.” Don’t “exchange a conversation”. You have a “conversation”.

If you want to use the verb 주고 받다 to refer to a conversation, use a participle noun similar to 의견 (意見), which means “opinion,” “idea,” or “opinion.” Then, the phrase 의견 을 주고 받는다 can be translated as “exchange of ideas or opinions.”

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