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    Default the idiom "to promise (the sun and) the moon to someone"

    Hello,

    I would like to ask native speakers a question about an idiom I found in Isaac Bashevis Singerīs "The Riddle": "to promise the sun and the moon" ("He promised her the sun and the moon, her own theatre, a Hollywood role. What a bluffer!"), in The Free Dictionary (on-line) I often use when learning English (Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus - The Free Dictionary) I see, however, just a shorter form "to promise the moon to someone" or "to promise someone the moon" (I donīt have, I confess, my "paper" dictionary of idioms at hand right now).

    Does the longer form sound as natural as the shorter (and probably more common: judging just according to simple Google occurrances, not to corpora) one?

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    David

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    Default Re: the idiom "to promise (the sun and) the moon to someone"

    Quote Originally Posted by David Czech View Post
    Hello,

    I would like to ask native speakers a question about an idiom I found in Isaac Bashevis Singerīs "The Riddle": "to promise the sun and the moon" ("He promised her the sun and the moon, her own theatre, a Hollywood role. What a bluffer!"), in The Free Dictionary (on-line) I often use when learning English (Dictionary, Encyclopedia and Thesaurus - The Free Dictionary) I see, however, just a shorter form "to promise the moon to someone" or "to promise someone the moon" (I donīt have, I confess, my "paper" dictionary of idioms at hand right now).

    Does the longer form sound as natural as the shorter (and probably more common: judging just according to simple Google occurrances, not to corpora) one?

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    David
    Yes, it sounds fine to me. I have even heard "the sun, the moon, and the stars".

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    Default Re: the idiom "to promise (the sun and) the moon to someone"

    Hello Mike,

    thank you very much for a useful reply!

    David

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    Default Re: the idiom "to promise (the sun and) the moon to someone"

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    Hello Mike,

    thank you very much for a useful reply!

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    I appreciate your thanks, but the powers that be around here do not like thank yous posted as a new post. Just click on the like button in the bottom right hand corner.

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    Default Re: the idiom "to promise (the sun and) the moon to someone"

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Just click on the like button in the bottom right hand corner.
    That's right. The reason for this, David, is that it is flagged as a new post, so we think you might have a follow-up question or something to add. Those of us with slow internet connections and/or old computers have to waste valuable time waiting for it to appear.

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