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    Life is unpredictable

    Hi!

    Is there any good quotes that means life is unpredictable. If not, what does "at its best, life is unpredictable."!

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    Re: Life is unpredictable

    Quote Originally Posted by ladyTL View Post
    Hi!

    Are there any good quotes that mean life is unpredictable. If not, what does "at its best, life is unpredictable."!

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    Your second sentence above is meaningless as it stands. Have you missed out a word?
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Life is unpredictable

    oh Im sorry, I mean what does "at its best, life is unpredictable." mean?

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    Re: Life is unpredictable

    Quote Originally Posted by ladyTL View Post
    Oh, I'm sorry. I mean, what does "at its best, life is unpredictable." mean?
    Without seeing more of the context, it's difficult to be sure what the author had in mind, but I would guess that he [or she] meant one of two things.
    Either he meant that life would be very boring if the same things happened every day, and there were no surprises. So the best quality of life is experienced when one does not know what is going to happen in the immediate future.
    Alternatively, on a more pessimistic note, the author may have considered that life was a series of major catastrophic changes which continually surprised and unsettled him. The best that one could hope for was that the future was merely unpredictable.

    I would favour the first interpretation.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: Life is unpredictable

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    Without seeing more of the context, it's difficult to be sure what the author had in mind, but I would guess that he [or she] meant one of two things.
    Either he meant that life would be very boring if the same things happened every day, and there were no surprises. So the best quality of life is experienced when one does not know what is going to happen in the immediate future.
    Alternatively, on a more pessimistic note, the author may have considered that life was a series of major catastrophic changes which continually surprised and unsettled him. The best that one could hope for was that the future was merely unpredictable.

    I would favour the first interpretation.
    And I would favour the second interpretation. It sounds like a pessimistic statement to me, not overly so, but it certainly smacks of "That's really the best we can hope for and nothing more".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Re: Life is unpredictable

    I am not an English teacher but I am a voracious reader and have writing as my hobby. To say 'Life is unpredictable' in other words I would suggest phrase "There always lies Uncertainty in Certainty". It depends on in which context you want your reader or listener to understand.

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    But how does certainty convey the idea of life clearly?

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