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  1. matilda
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    Talking 210-time's a-flying

    Hello all

    I always heard the (time is flying). But last week I was reading an article written by Rabindranath Tagore that she wrote (time's a-flying)

    Do these two expressions have any differences?
    If not, why did she use this form?

    Thank you all

    Matilda

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    Re: 210-time's a-flying

    Hello Matilda

    In Old/Middle English, the prefix "a-" meant "on", "in", or "engaged in". (It's the first element in e.g. "asleep".)

    It's still a living prefix, in conjunction with an ING form; usually, it has a jocular or deliberately old-fashioned air.

    So in your example, it means "time is (engaged in) flying".

    Perhaps Tagore (I think it's a "he", by the way) was also thinking of the poem by Herrick that begins:

    Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
    Old Time is still a-flying,
    And this same flower that smiles today
    Tomorrow will be dying.


    Have a good evening,

    MrP

  2. matilda
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    thank you MrP for your kind reply.
    but Rabindranathe Tagor was an indian poet woman.

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    Re: 210-time's a-flying

    Quote Originally Posted by matilda View Post
    thank you MrP for your kind reply.
    but Rabindranathe Tagor was an indian poet woman.
    Hi Matilda,

    MrP is right. It's a "he".
    Rabindranath (no "e") Tagore (with an "e")
    was Asia's first Nobel laureate according
    to this article. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rabindranath_Tagore

    His works are very popular with the Chinese people.

    Hope this helps.

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