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    How to use metaphors to express the impact of time on memory

    If I want to express the idea that memory will not fade with time passing by, can I use expressions like 1"time does not dye; memories do not fade" or 2"time does not erode; memories do not fade" or just 3"the stream/current of time will never wash away memories". Are the three examples acceptable? Are the two words "dye" and "erode" correctly used here? Or are there better ways to convey the same idea? Thank you in advance for your help.
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    Re: How to use metaphors to express the impact of time on memory

    A timeless memory.

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    Re: How to use metaphors to express the impact of time on memory

    And it's better to use the form of couplet.

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    Re: How to use metaphors to express the impact of time on memory

    Quote Originally Posted by chance22 View Post
    If I want to express the idea that memory will not fade with time passing by, can I use expressions like these?

    1) "Time does not die; memories do not fade".

    2) "Time does not erode; memories do not fade".

    3) "The stream/current of time will never wash away memories".

    Are the three examples acceptable? Are the two words "die" and "erode" correctly used here? Or are there better ways to convey the same idea?

    Thank you in advance for your help. Unnecessary – just click Thank when you get a useful reply.
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    Re: How to use metaphors to express the impact of time on memory

    Here the word dye is used, meaning(hopefully) time will not affect memory as if time could dye memory some color, or exert influence on memory

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    Re: How to use metaphors to express the impact of time on memory

    Quote Originally Posted by chance22 View Post
    Here the word dye is used, meaning(hopefully) time will not affect memory as if time could dye memory some color, or exert influence on memory
    That doesn't work I'm afraid. You could say "time does not colour", for example.

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    Re: How to use metaphors to express the impact of time on memory

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    That doesn't work I'm afraid. You could say "time does not colour", for example.
    Then what about the other two expressions? Do they sound unnatural to native speakers?

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    Is it OK to say 'the passage of time will not dissipate the memory'?

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    Re: How to use metaphors to express the impact of time on memory

    It's usually the other way around.
    Memory fades with time.

    If you want say that memory does not fade with time, it's usually for a specific memory or image.
    The memory of her mother does not fade with time.

    If you want to be more poetic, you can say something like:
    Her memory of her mother is as perennial as time.
    The colours of her memory do not fade with time.


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    Re: How to use metaphors to express the impact of time on memory

    Quote Originally Posted by lotus888 View Post
    The colours of her memory does do not fade with time.
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