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    set an xample

    1. Does the phrase “throw out a minnow to catch a whale” make sense?

    2. Does the sentence below make sense?
    It is the author's sincere hope that it can be taken for reference by administrators of universities in Taiwan and can provoke deeper thoughts and discussion by throwing a minnow to catch a whale.

    3. Does the following dialogue make sense?
    A:Thank you so much for donation money to local charities.
    B: That’s nothing. I just want to set an example of good deed for others to follow.

    4. How could I make the sentences above sound natural?
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    Re: set an xample

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    1. Does the phrase “throw out a minnow to catch a whale” make sense?

    2. Does the sentence below make sense?
    It is the author's sincere hope that it can be taken for reference by administrators of universities in Taiwan and can provoke deeper thoughts and discussion by throwing a minnow to catch a whale.
    It's possible. I take it to mean the same as "use a sprat to catch a mackerel."
    https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/de...tch_a_mackerel

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    3. Does the following dialogue make sense?
    A:Thank you so much for donation donating money to local charities.
    B: That’s nothing. Not at all. I just want to set an example of doing a good deed for others to follow.

    4. How could I make the sentences above sound natural?

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    Re: set an xample

    Do the sentences below make sense?

    The small talk above is my personal experience on breaking the ice when meeting someone for the first time. It is my sincere hope that it can be taken for reference by you students and can enlighten you by throwing a minnow to catch a whale.

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    Re: set an xample

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    Do the sentences below make sense?

    The small talk above is my personal experience on breaking the ice when meeting someone for the first time. It is my sincere hope that it can be taken for reference by you students and can enlighten you by throwing a minnow to catch a whale.
    No. It doesn't make sense to me.

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    Re: set an xample

    Quote Originally Posted by contiluo View Post
    Do the sentences below make sense?

    The small talk above is my personal experience on breaking what I sometimes use to break the ice when meeting someone for the first time. You cal also use it if you like.It is my sincere hope that it can be taken for reference by you students and can enlighten you by throwing a minnow to catch a whale.
    To use a sprat to catch a mackerel or a minnow to catch a whale means something else. It means that you don't mind sacrificing something small and of little value in the hope of catching (gaining) something bigger. You may or may not catch the big thing, but it's a risk you're willing to take because the cost is small even if you don't end up gaining anything.

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