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    Question Don't climb the high dive...

    "In fact, by writing my story I'm telling all the people who care much about the future to worry about it now. This is my warning: Don't climb the high dive if you don't like the deep end."---from an unknown source

    What does "dive" mean in the sentence? Thanks for help!
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    Re: Don't climb the high dive...

    A diving board that is high above the water.

    It's a metaphor.
    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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    Re: Don't climb the high dive...

    Most swimming pools have a deep end and a shallow end. People who don't swim well will usually stay in the shallow water so their feet will reach the bottom while their heads are above the water line. If there is a diving board, low or high, it is located at the deep end of the pool so divers will not hit their heads on the pool bottom after they enter the water. As Barb said, this is a metaphor. "Deep water" stands for difficult or complicated matters

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    Re: Don't climb the high dive...

    I see it as similar to "if you can't stand the heat, stay out of the kitchen."
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    Re: Don't climb the high dive...

    Or don't start something you don't intend on finishing.

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    Re: Don't climb the high dive...

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    Or don't start something you don't intend on finishing.
    Hello, Dave.
    May I ask you a question?
    Does 'intend on finishing' mean the same as 'intend to finish'?
    Thank you.

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    Re: Don't climb the high dive...

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, Dave.
    May I ask you a question?
    Does 'intend on finishing' mean the same as 'intend to finish'?
    Thank you.
    Hello.

    Yes.

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