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    A drowning man will clutch at a straw.

    A drowning man will clutch at a straw. This saying is classified as an idiom. I think it is wrong, iy should be an Adverb.

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    Re: Is this an Idiom or Adverb ?

    Welcome to the forum, eddy1953.
    Quote Originally Posted by eddy1953 View Post
    A drowning man will clutch at a straw. This saying is classified as an idiom. I think it is wrong, it should be an adverb.
    It's a proverb. Perhaps that's what you mean.

    In the sentence 'He's hoping that this new treatment will help him but I think he's clutching at straws' , clutching at straws is an idiom.
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    Re: A drowning man will clutch at a straw.

    Quote Originally Posted by eddy1953 View Post
    A drowning man will clutch at a straw. This saying is classified as an idiom. I think it is wrong. [comma splice] iy It should be an adverb.
    As Rover_KE has pointed out, it is not wrong. It is a common idiom in English.

    However, an idiom can function as an adverbial. There's no conflict in that.

    'Please try to find my little boy; don't call off the search yet', said the desperate mother, clutching at straws.

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