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    Patryk is offline Newbie
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    Question Fool and his money are soon parted.

    First of all, it's my first post in this forum so I would like to say hi to everyone!

    I'm a finance student and some time ago I found interesting idiom: A fool and his money are soon parted. I understand the idea and know what does it mean, but I'm wondering if it is possible to use it in past sentence.

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    I would like to write about someone who lost a fortune in short period of time. My problem is with word soon. In my opinion it doesn't sound good in past sentence. What about that: I know a guy who lost 1 000 000 Euro in two weeks - a fool and his money were parted.
    Is it ok?

    I would be really thankful for answer.
    Sorry for mistakes!

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    Re: Fool and his money are soon parted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Patryk View Post
    First of all, it's my first post in this forum so I would like to say hi to everyone!
    Hi and welcome.
    I'm a finance student and some time ago I found an interesting idiom: A fool and his money are soon parted. I understand the idea and know what does it means, but I'm wondering if it is possible to use it in a sentence about the past.
    Yes, you can.

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    I would like to write about someone who lost a fortune in short period of time. My problem is with the word "soon". In my opinion it doesn't sound good in a sentence about the past. What about that: That's not true.
    I know a guy who lost 1,000,000 Euros in two weeks - a fool and his money (are)(were) soon parted.

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    Re: Fool and his money are soon parted.

    I think that as it is a saying ,it is better to use simple present tense.

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    Re: Fool and his money are soon parted.

    Quote Originally Posted by ackeiyword View Post
    I think that as it is a saying ,it is better to use simple present tense.
    Yes, the saying is "...are soon parted."

    But when one is talking about a specific incident, there is no reason one can't say '(Once again) a fool and his money were soon parted.'

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    Re: Fool and his money are soon parted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Patryk View Post
    I know a guy who lost 1 000 000 Euro in two weeks - a fool and his money were parted.
    Is it ok?
    That still seems like soon to me. Idioms are there for our benefit, so we can change the wording - many do not have absolute fixed wording anyway - so it's not wrong to adapt and customise them for particular instances.

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