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    "I'll do that when pigs fly" (or some variation of that) means that the speaker believes that it (whatever "it" is) will never happen.

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    Than, you tends to use that idiom, don't you ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Beeuurkes
    Than, you tends to use that idiom, don't you ?
    • Then you tend to use that idiom, don't you?


    I don't remember ever using it, but I might have. I'm sure I have heard it.

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    Default Idiom : "When pigs fly"

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I'm sure I have heard it.
    Thank you RonBee, that's all I wanted to know. :wink:
    It's one of my favourite. I use it quite often in French.

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    You're quite welcome.

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    Default Re: Idiom : "When pigs fly"

    Quote Originally Posted by Beeuurkes
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I'm sure I have heard it.
    Thank you RonBee, that's all I wanted to know. :wink:
    It's one of my favourite. I use it quite often in French.
    Brazilians use an identical expression: "quando as galinhas criarem/tiverem dentes" (when the hens grow/have teeth)

    There's another Brazilian one with a similar meaning - "no dia de São Nunca" (on St. Never's Day) Do you have that one in French too?

    In English, when we think something will never happen, a common response might be "That'll be the day!". There's a better one on the tip of my tongue. I know it's there - I can feel it there - but I just can't remember it. Help, please"

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    Default Re: Idiom : "When pigs fly"

    Quote Originally Posted by Susie Smith
    There's another Brazilian one with a similar meaning - "no dia de São Nunca" (on St. Never's Day) Do you have that one in French too?
    Yes, we have that one : "la semaine des quatre jeudi" or "The 4 Thursday week" or something like that.

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    Default Re: The most popular idioms or proverbs

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    What would you say are the five most popular idioms or proverbs in use today? Would "Raining cats and dogs " be one of them?

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    raining cats and dogs?!
    i don't know this idiom!
    what's it talks about?

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    It means 'raining heavily'.

    To rain cats and dogs (c.1652) is probably an extension of cats and dogs as proverbial for "strife, enmity" (1579)
    http://www.etymonline.com/c2etym.htm

    I have also heard that it refers to winds, but cannot find my source at the moment- I have to search my house.

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    Never has it rained cats and dogs,
    But sometimes it rains frogs.

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