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    We get an end with every friend ?

    Hello

    I am from Hong Kong.
    By the sentence "We get an end with every friend" , I want to convey two meanings; the first is that there is a word e-n-d in the word f-r-i-e-n-d and the second is that no friendship can sustain forever.
    I want to know how English native speakers think about the sentence both from descriptive and prescriptive points of view.

    Many thanks

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    Re: We get an end with every friend ?

    I don't think people will understand it the way you mean it - if you're really unlucky, it will be misunderstood in a big way (not going to go into details).

    The nearest saying that springs to mind is "All good things come to an end", but that isn't specific to friendship.

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    Re: We get an end with every friend ?

    I don't think that meaning comes across. Not sure how I'd reword it....'Every friend ends with end' doesn't really work. It makes the play on words a bit clearer, but it should be 'Every friendship...' - and then it wouldn't end right. Perhaps make it longer: 'Whenever you make a friend, remember it ends in "end"' - which is quite rhythmical...

    b

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