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    Red face 'eat a humble pie' & ' eat crow' ---Wats d difference?

    M not able to differentiate b/w 'eat a humble pie' & ' eat crow' ?
    Plz specify are they synonym kind of thing or do we have some diff. b\w the two..
    Thnx..

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    Re: 'eat a humble pie' & ' eat crow' ---Wats d difference?

    http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/search.php

    http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/search.php

    There is a slight difference, but not much. 'Eat crow' I suspect is AmE and 'Humble pie' BrE

    They are both 'Idioms'
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    Re: 'eat a humble pie' & ' eat crow' ---Wats d difference?

    Thnx..


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    #4

    Re: 'eat a humble pie' & ' eat crow' ---Wats d difference?

    Eat Humble Pie, without the indefinte article.


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    Re: 'eat a humble pie' & ' eat crow' ---Wats d difference?

    Forgive my ignorance, but will you interpret the terms 'definite article' and 'indefinite article'.


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    Re: 'eat a humble pie' & ' eat crow' ---Wats d difference?

    a = indefinite article as your not defining one specific subject/object
    the = definite article as your are defining a specific ..etc

    A tree could be any of many
    The tree is the only tree in question


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    Smile Re: 'eat a humble pie' & ' eat crow' ---Wats d difference?

    I appreciate the input from ur side, Mordant..!!


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    Re: 'eat a humble pie' & ' eat crow' ---Wats d difference?

    You are welcome.


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    Re: 'eat a humble pie' & ' eat crow' ---Wats d difference?

    To 'eat humble pie' is something you do, if you apologize for something, and are somewhat remorseful...'eat crow' means you were wrong about something, usually in a boastful way, and have to admit to your error...


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    Re: 'eat a humble pie' & ' eat crow' ---Wats d difference?

    Could you use bouth in a sentence? It would clear up how to use these expressions

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