Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: English sayings

  1. #1
    Mangawill is offline Newbie
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    1
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default English sayings

    where can i find on the Internet or offline English sayings cause i can't seem to find them on the Internet or in the Dictionary's

  2. #2
    IvanV is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    577
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: English sayings

    Hello Mangawill, welcome to the forums!

    Google nailed it, as always:
    English idioms sayings - Google Search

    UsingEnglish.com is inevitable, as always:
    English Idioms and Sayings - UsingEnglish.com ESL Forum


  3. #3
    Anglika is offline No Longer With Us
    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Posts
    19,448
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: English sayings

    Quote Originally Posted by IvanV View Post
    Hello Mangawill, welcome to the forums!

    Google nailed it, as always:
    English idioms sayings - Google Search

    UsingEnglish.com is inevitable,invaluable as always:
    English Idioms and Sayings - UsingEnglish.com ESL Forum



  4. #4
    IvanV is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    577
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: English sayings

    Hehe.. Definitely!

  5. #5
    RonBee's Avatar
    RonBee is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    Posts
    16,571
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: English sayings

    Here's one I heard on TV lately:
    You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.
    Meaning:
    You do me a favor, and I'll do you a favor.


  6. #6
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Posts
    25
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: English sayings

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post

    You scratch my back and I'll scratch yours.

    Meaning:

    You do me a favor, and I'll do you a favor.
    This is a good one.

    Just was wondering whether or not, it would be possible to get a negative connotation, if an unreal conditional mood were used, since the verb scratch connotes a negative meaning.

    In other words, would the meaning be:

    You did something wrong to me and I would react in the same manner,

    If I said:

    ‘You scratched my back and I will/would scratch yours’.

    Does that sound ok in this sense.

    Regards.

  7. #7
    IvanV is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Posts
    577
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: English sayings

    Quote Originally Posted by Disaster Master View Post
    This is a good one.

    Just was wondering whether or not, it would be possible to get a negative connotation, if an unreal conditional mood were used, since the verb scratch connotes a negative meaning.

    In other words, would the meaning be:

    You did something wrong to me and I would react in the same manner,

    If I said:

    ‘You scratched my back and I will/would scratch yours’.

    Does that sound ok in this sense.

    Regards.
    Scratch one's back - you're doing him a favour, as it's hard to scratch your own back. It can't be negative in this case (I follow you reasoning, but still - no).

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] don't sign nothing
    By Unregistered in forum Frequently Asked Questions
    Replies: 84
    Last Post: 04-Jun-2010, 01:25
  2. the importance of the English language
    By sadness in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 05-May-2008, 00:05
  3. May you help me edit my first essay, please?
    By nongporz in forum Editing & Writing Topics
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 26-Jul-2007, 12:12

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Hotchalk