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    Smooth sailing - Idiom Definition -
    Idiom: Smooth sailing
    If something is smooth sailing, then you can progress without difficulty. ('Plain sailing' is an also used.)

    This is an adjective, isn't it?

    This is an adjective, isn't it?

    This should be deleted, shouldn't it?

    Thank you.

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    Re: smooth sailing

    Hello Daruma

    • Yes, smooth is an adjective.
    • No, sailing isn't an adjective. It's a noun that ends in -ing, which makes it a gerund.
    • Yes, an should be deleted. Good catch. Thank you.

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    Re: smooth sailing

    Hi Daruma,

    Here are my 2 cents concerning the matter in question.

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    It would be (plain) smooth sailing , if one could determine the course of one's actions only by one general principle whose application at a given moment was too obvious to need even a moment's reflection.

    It will be all plain (smooth) sailing.

    These things are never plain (smooth) sailing.



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    Re: smooth sailing

    This is way out of control. There's no light at all being generated, just friction. Those who cannot get on, l please use the ignore function. While I have no wish to censor valid views about language, I can't see that any are being expressed here. Please ignore each other if you cannot be civil. There's nothing I can do to force you to be polite, so the only way out is the gordian knot solution.

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