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    "Practice make perfect" really?

    What do you think about the proposition that sentence "Practice makes perfect"?
    Last edited by sakuya3938; 25-Sep-2009 at 03:01. Reason: word not correct

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    Re: "Practice make perfect" really?

    Quote Originally Posted by sakuya3938 View Post
    Do you think about the sentence "Practice makes perfect."?
    Do you mean 'What do you think.....?'
    Last edited by 2006; 23-Sep-2009 at 04:30. Reason: adding the missing period after "perfect"

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    Re: "Practice make perfect" really?

    Quote Originally Posted by sakuya3938 View Post
    Do you think about sentence "Practice make perfect"?
    No, 2006 is asking you a question.

    I have a question too. Do you mean what do we think about the sentence? or what do we think about the proposition that practice makes perfect.

    The sentence should be Practice makes perfect.
    I'm less sure about the truth of the proposition.

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    Re: "Practice makes perfect" really?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    No, 2006 is asking you a question.

    I have a question too. Do you mean what do we think about the sentence? or what do we think about the proposition that practice makes perfect.

    The sentence should be Practice makes perfect.
    I'm less sure about the truth of the proposition.


    Thank you for answering me. I mean this question "what do you think about the proposition that practice makes perfect?
    Last edited by sakuya3938; 25-Sep-2009 at 08:54. Reason: word not correct

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    Re: "Practice makes perfect" really?

    [QUOTE=sakuya3938;518802]Thank you for answering me. I mean this question "what do you think about the proposition that practice makes perfect? [/QUOTE

    I think that sometimes practice makes perfect. For example, if you play the piano, you can practice and practice a certain piece of music until you can play it perfectly.

    Do you know the saying 'Perfect is the enemy of good.'?

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    Re: "Practice makes perfect" really?

    Do you know the saying 'Perfect is the enemy of good.'?[/QUOTE]
    No, I don't. Could you advise me, please?

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    Re: "Practice makes perfect" really?

    [QUOTE=2006;518811]
    Quote Originally Posted by sakuya3938 View Post
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    Do you know the saying 'Perfect is the enemy of good.'?
    French speakers may recognize this as a translation of (Talleyrand's... Chateaubriand...?) Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien. In either language, it's saying 'If something's good enough, trying to improve it could be a bad idea'. Or, to put it more succinctly, 'If it ain't broke don't fix it' (although that saying can be used more widely - so it's not an exact synonym).

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    Re: "Practice makes perfect" really?

    Quote Originally Posted by sakuya3938 View Post
    Do you know the saying 'Perfect is the enemy of good.'?
    No, I don't. Could you advise me, please?[/QUOTE]

    You are doing something, for example drawing a picture.
    So far you have done a good job and have a nice picture. But you think you can make it even nicer, so you do a bit more. Then you think it's better now, but you can improve it even more.
    Eventually you do too much and it's worse than it was before you tried to improve it. And you can't fix it.
    Trying to make something perfect caused you to not have something good.

    (Trying to make something) perfect is the enemy of (having something) good.


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    Re: "Practice makes perfect" really?

    Quote Originally Posted by sakuya3938 View Post
    Thank you for answering me. I mean this question "what do you think about the proposition that practice makes perfect?
    I think it makes sense. One should practice regularly to be as "perfect" as one can be continually.

    I would consider, though, that "perfect" in its true sense, not as we understand it now, really means "as best as can be up until now". The normal way that we think of "perfect", which is "flawless", is in truth really not practical. One can find minor flaws in everything.

    I think this tells a little something about the word "perfect". I've read more elsewhere, but I've forgotten where.

    It says bring to completion, which does not necessarily mean "perfect" as we normally understand perfect, which is to mean flawless and without any errors at all. It makes sense to take into account the different ways in which "perfect" is defined as well. perfect: West's Encyclopedia of American Law (Full Article) from Answers.com

    To bring to perfection or completion.

    [Middle English perfit, from Old French parfit, from Latin perfectus, past participle of perficere, to finish : per-, per- + facere, to do.]

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    Re: "Practice makes perfect" really?

    There may be more to perfection than simply practising.

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