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    Default There may be blue and better blue.

    The Korean counterpart of this saying is "There's a flying guy over a running guy" to mean "Even if something is good, inevitably, there's always a better thing than that." Does this English saying have the same nuance?

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    ex)There may be blue and better blue.

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    Default Re: There may be blue and better blue.

    I have never seen this expression and I would not understand the intended meaning.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: There may be blue and better blue.

    You mean "There may be.." or "There's a flying...". The latter is surely not comprehensible for Americans, but the former is natural English, isn't it?

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    Default Re: There may be blue and better blue.

    I have never seen the expression "There may be blue and better blue", and I would not understand the intended meaning.

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    Default Re: There may be blue and better blue.

    It's listed in naver.com dicitionary There may be blue and better blue. ::.

    It says it's a western saying, and if their listing is wrong, do you know any other similar saying to mean ""Even if something is good, inevitably, there's always a better thing than that."?

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    Default Re: There may be blue and better blue.

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    It's listed in naver.com dicitionary There may be blue and better blue. ::.
    It's also listed here. I (British) have still never heard of it, and neither has Barb (American). Perhaps others will write in to say that Barb and I must live very sheltered lives and that most people drop those words into conversation every day.

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    Default Re: There may be blue and better blue.

    I can add a sheltered Brit to the list.

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    Default Re: There may be blue and better blue.

    I can report from my shelter down-under that I have never heard the expression.

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