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    '' There will always be a silver lining." I've got a question regarding the use of it, what context would you use it in?

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    Thanks to **##$ing regulations about machine-readable passports, I was recently not allowed to board a flight to the land of the free. I lost a planned holiday. Doom, gloom, despondency.

    Forced to remain at home, I am now spending my days sitting in the garden watching the crocuses, primroses and daffodils spring into life in my garden - something I would have missed if I had been allowed to wander round Arizona. Contentment.

    Every cloud has a silver lining.

    I might also use your expression here.

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    Default Re: a silver lining

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Thanks to **##$ing regulations about machine-readable passports, I was recently not allowed to board a flight to the land of the free. I lost a planned holiday. Doom, gloom, despondency.

    Forced to remain at home, I am now spending my days sitting in the garden watching the crocuses, primroses and daffodils spring into life in my garden - something I would have missed if I had been allowed to wander round Arizona. Contentment.

    Every cloud has a silver lining.

    I might also use your expression here.
    Would it be OK to say there will a silver lining in problems at work?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ostap77 View Post
    Would it be OK to say there will a silver lining in problems at work?
    It's unlikely. We normally talk about silver linings after something good has come from something not so good.

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    Default Re: a silver lining

    And we normally - though not always - mention 'cloud'.

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    I think you can use the phrase as well to encourage someone to look for the good in a bad situation. Not only after the "silver lining" is evident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    I think you can use the phrase as well to encourage someone to look for the good in a bad situation. Not only after the "silver lining" is evident.
    Can it be used with differebt prepositions? So it can be used for "a shining ray"?

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    Default Re: a silver lining

    I wouldn't use shining ray- how about glimmer of hope if the good thing hasn't arrived yet but there's a chance it will.

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    Default Re: a silver lining

    And if someone is 'a ray of sunshine' they are always happy and optimistic.

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    Default Re: a silver lining

    I've just heard this idiom in real life, so here's the story:

    At my choir rehearsal this evening our accompanist, Christopher, was going to be late. The conductor said: 'I'm afraid Christopher won't be here till later. But this gives you the opportunity to practise singing unaccompanied -"every cloud has a silver lining."

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    Last edited by BobK; 25-Mar-2011 at 09:52. Reason: substituted clearer phrase (for 'a capella')

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