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    Proverb- Dog and Stone

    I have often heard this proverb in my mother tongue(Tamil), what is the equivalent proverb in English? Please also check for any grammatical errors.

    "When I find a stone, dog disappears;when I find a dog, stone disappears."

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    Re: Proverb- Dog and Stone

    Quote Originally Posted by Ajay 123 View Post
    I have often heard this proverb in my mother tongue (Tamil). what is the Is there an equivalent proverb in English? Please also check for any grammatical errors.

    "When I find a stone, the dog disappears; when I find a dog, the stone disappears."
    Would you care to explain what it means please?

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    Re: Proverb- Dog and Stone

    Perhaps "There's never a(n) X around when you need one", where X is the particular thing you currently need.

    I think I get that the general idea is that when you have the proper tool to solve a problem, you don't have the problem, but when the problem re-appears you no longer have the right tools on hand to fix it.

    This happened to me last week. I ran out of staples, and nobody else seemed to have any as well. Now that I've got a new box of staples, I haven't needed to staple anything lately.
    Last edited by Skrej; 22-Jan-2017 at 00:11. Reason: typo
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    Re: Proverb- Dog and Stone

    Wow! I never thought that of it that way- the poor dog.

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    Re: Proverb- Dog and Stone

    I can't imagine why anyone would need a stone when they see a dog. I might want to find a stick so that I can throw it and play "Fetch" with the dog.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Proverb- Dog and Stone

    I assumed the stone was to drive away an attacking dog.
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    Re: Proverb- Dog and Stone

    Nobody else had any staples either? Well, I guess you could throw the stapler at the dog. (Is that what the stone is for?)

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