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    Default i need the right grammar for a tattoo!

    i need the correct grammar for my new tattoo. its called:

    "after the laughter come the tears"

    is this so right with both "the" and the "come" with or without a "s" at the end!?!

    please help me!
    thx

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    Default Re: i need the right grammar for a tattoo!

    It sounds grammatical to me.

    You can test it by putting it in standard word order:

    Ex: (The) tears come after the laughter.


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    Default Re: i need the right grammar for a tattoo!

    A tatoo? Ouch!!

    I'd make it short

    After laughter, tears.

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    Default Re: i need the right grammar for a tattoo!

    If you do opt for the longer version, it is:

    after the laughter, comes the tears

    This is poetic, and 'the tears' means 'the crying','the sadness'

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    Default Re: i need the right grammar for a tattoo!

    "after the laughter come the tears"
    Are you serious about that?

    How about 'Every cloud has a silver lining', which would be the other way round.

    Anyway, in the end it comes full circle, doesn't it?
    Last edited by Snowcake; 27-Apr-2008 at 16:52.

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    Default Re: i need the right grammar for a tattoo!

    Quote Originally Posted by David L. View Post
    If you do opt for the longer version, it is:

    after the laughter, comes the tears

    This is poetic, and 'the tears' means 'the crying','the sadness'
    You must mean, David, "it could be", not "it is".

    Certainly,

    after the laughter, come the tears

    is a possibility.

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    Default Re: i need the right grammar for a tattoo!

    Could it be the same way as saying' Everyday is not Sunday'?

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    Default Re: i need the right grammar for a tattoo!

    Quote Originally Posted by lanlethi2603 View Post
    Could it be the same way as saying' Everyday is not Sunday'?
    I don't know but your version made me smile. Thanks!


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    Default Re: i need the right grammar for a tattoo!

    Quote Originally Posted by lanlethi2603 View Post
    Could it be the same way as saying' Everyday is not Sunday'?
    I'd say yes. The basic message remains the same. :) A saying widely used in 'my' region.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snowcake View Post
    I'd say yes. The basic message remains the same. :) A saying widely used in 'my' region.
    What a mistaken region you're living in, Snowcake.
    It should read, Every day is not a Sunday. Everyday is an adjective used before a noun only (one word).


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