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    Dear teacher,

    Could you please tell me the meaning of the following sentence:

    Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana

    thanks in advance
    :P

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazen
    Dear teacher,

    Could you please tell me the meaning of the following sentence:

    Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana

    thanks in advance
    :P
    It's a play on words:

    Time flies (i.e. goes by quickly) like (i.e. similar to) an arrow soars in the air, fruit flies (i.e. insects) like (i.e. prefer) a banana. :D

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    Default Re: fruit flies like a banana????????????

    Quote Originally Posted by Mazen
    Dear teacher,

    Could you please tell me the meaning of the following sentence:

    Time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana

    thanks in advance
    :P
    The sentence uses "flies" as a verb and then "flies as a noun. It uses "like" as a preposition and then "like" as a verb. Because the structure of the two parts is identical, the reader stumbles over the second part. It is meant to demonstrate confusion caused by structure and words with different meanings, and it does so in a humorous way.

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