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    #1

    what you have

    Are the following sentences acceptable?

    1. If you know the philosophy of cherish, you will find what you own is getting more and more.
    2. On the contrary, if you only pay attention to what you lost, you will lose not only now but also even more.
    3. Cherish and enjoy what you have.

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    #2

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    Number three is nice and natural to me. The meaning of the first two I cannot fathom.

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    #3

    Re: what you have

    1. If you cherish what you have, you will find you own more.
    2. If you haggle over every ounce, you will lose what you have and even more.

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    #4

    Re: what you have

    Like Probus, I can't understand even your modified sentences.

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    #5

    Re: what you have

    The two sentences intend to teach and admonish people to be contended, not insatiable.

    1. If you cherish what you have, you will find you are getting more than what you own.
    2. If you only care about what you lost, you will lose not only what you have now but also more than that of what you have now.

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    #6

    Re: what you have

    They still sound a bit like something that a feudal lord would try to instill into his serfs i. e. "Be content with your current state of serfdom. Do not try to better yourselves - or else there will be consequences!".

    You may find most NES folks would have some difficulty relating to such ideas.

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    #7

    Re: what you have

    Quote Originally Posted by Ashiuhto View Post
    Are the following sentences acceptable?
    You have been posting a lot of sentences under the above question, Ashiuhto. I think it's time to specify what you mean by 'acceptable'.

    Do you mean grammatical, natural, understandable, meaningful? Acceptable to whom: examiners, native speakers, philosophers, your peers?

    For what purpose do you keep writing them?

    Rover

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    #8

    Re: what you have

    I think he's referring to the Buddhist principle of Nekkhamma - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia in which we try to become detached from coveting material and earthly things.

    Quote Originally Posted by Route21 View Post
    They still sound a bit like something that a feudal lord would try to instill into his serfs i. e. "Be content with your current state of serfdom. Do not try to better yourselves - or else there will be consequences!".

    You may find most NES folks would have some difficulty relating to such ideas.

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