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    Dog eat dog

    I wonder why this idiom " Dog eat dog" has no letter "s" after a verb "eat" and like another idiom "easy come easy go" which doesn't have any letter "s" after the words come & go. Did it come from some legends or the odd old stuffs? Clarify me please.

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    Re: Dog eat dog

    Quote Originally Posted by phorntita View Post
    I wonder why this idiom " Dog eat dog" has no letter "s" after a verb "eat" and like another idiom "easy come easy go" which doesn't have any letter "s" after the words come & go. Did it come from some legends or the odd old stuffs? Clarify me please.
    I don't know the origin of those sayings, but 'dogs eat' and 'a dog eats' is not the only kinds of grammar one can have. You can say 'a dog will eat', and you don't need an "s".
    Also keep in mind that these sayings/idioms are informal shortened forms of the language, so you don't need to follow all the rules of grammar and punctuation. So that's a second answer.


    "dog eat dog" is usually an adjective and is often written as "dog-eat-dog", as in "It's a dog-eat-dog world."


    The answer for "easy come easy go" is similar. A good job and money in your pocket can be easy (to) come (and) easy (to) go. (come and go easily/quickly)

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    Re: Dog eat dog

    Like 2006, I think it's because it is generally adjectival, even if often written without the hyphens.

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    Re: Dog eat dog

    Dear all, consider this sentence, please
    After all, if tattoos can be removed at public expense, why bother to think very carefully about having them done in the first place? Easy come, easy go.
    - Could I replace " after that" for "after all" ? what do these words mean differently apart from ,after all & after that if they can't be interchangeable eventually?
    - What does it actually mean by " at public expense" whose expense?
    Last edited by phorntita; 16-Nov-2009 at 13:11.

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    Re: Dog eat dog

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Like 2006, I think it's because it is generally adjectival, even if often written without the hyphens.
    Thank you Tdol. Consider my last post, please.

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