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    Is it proper to simplify "to make a mountain out of a molehill" like this?

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    "The Obama people keep on wanting more and more and more -- more things to pick through, more things for their opposition research to try to make a mountain out of and to distort and to be dishonest about," Romney said.

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    Re: Is it proper to simplify "to make a mountain out of a molehill" like this?

    I think Gil may have misread the question. I think NewHope is asking if the way Romney uses the expression is okay. It is, because he's suggesting this:

    [They] want more things [=molehills=things of little consequence] to try to make a mountain out of.

    He is saying they are looking for little issues to turn into big issues.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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