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    idiom/proverb

    What is the difference between an idiom and a proverb? I understand the following is an idiom.

    A rolling stone gathers no moss.

    Can an idiom be a proverb?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: idiom/proverb

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    What is the difference between an idiom and a proverb? I understand the following is an idiom.

    A rolling stone gathers no moss.

    Can an idiom be a proverb?

    Thanks in advance.
    I would say "A rolling stone gathers no moss" is a proverb!

    Usually, a proverb is a long-standing standalone sentence which means something that isn't clear from the words.

    An idiom can be just a few words that would be part of a longer sentence, although equally difficult to decipher.

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    Re: idiom/proverb

    I think proverbs are more than just sayings; they purport to express a general truth. I think it best to know but avoid using them as most are so overused that they've become cliches. Besides many sound didactic and preachy - if anyone ever tried it on with me with a proverb I'd probably roll my eyes in boredom, at least if they were being serious.

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