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    How large your heart is

    Hi.

    A friend of mine wrote a sentence "How large your heart is, how big your stage is". What she wants to express is "If you're ambitious and believe in your capability, you then can do the things you want".

    I wonder if the Italic (my friend's ) sentence is natural. If not, is there an alternative?

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    #2

    Re: How large your heart is

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    I wonder if the Italic (my friend's ) sentence is natural. If not, is there an alternative?
    No.
    I can't think of an apt alternative. I am sure one of our members may have some ideas.

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    Re: How large your heart is

    Perhaps:

    You have big dreams.
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    Re: How large your heart is

    I really can't offer an equivalent phrase, either, but it occurs to me that if there were one, something with the structure the + -er + NP, the +-er + NP could support the basic idea. For example:

    The bigger your heart, the larger your stage.

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    Re: How large your heart is

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I really can't offer an equivalent phrase, either, but it occurs to me that if there were one, something with the structure the + -er + NP, the +-er + NP could support the basic idea. For example:

    The bigger your heart, the larger your stage.
    Hello Jutfrank. Do you mean that I can use "The bigger your heart, the larger your stage" to mean the intended meaning in the OP?

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    #6

    Re: How large your heart is

    A couple of comments:

    1- Do not try to translate idioms across languages. That usually ends in failure.
    2- Do not try to manufacture idioms. That also ends in failure.

    Having said that, sometimes similar idioms exists in more than one language, but that is uncommon.
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    In English, the idioms "the sky is the limit" comes to mind.

    For example, you can say:

    If you really believe in something, the sky is the limit.
    If you're truly determined, then the sky is the limit.

    https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictiona...ky-s-the-limit

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    Re: How large your heart is

    Dream big.

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    #8

    Re: How large your heart is

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hello Jutfrank. Do you mean that I can use "The bigger your heart, the larger your stage" to mean the intended meaning in the OP?
    I didn't really mean that, no.

    I don't think native speakers would have any idea of what that could mean. I really just meant to offer a grammatical structure that I think may be able to support the meaning.

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    Re: How large your heart is

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    Hello Jutfrank. Do you mean that I can use "The bigger your heart, the larger your stage" to mean the intended meaning in the OP?
    Try reading the post carefully.

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    Re: How large your heart is

    Quote Originally Posted by Silverobama View Post
    What she wants to express is "If you're ambitious and believe in your capability, you then can do the things you want".

    I wonder if the Italic (my friend's ) sentence is natural. If not, is there an alternative?
    The following proverb comes to mind:

    Where there's a will, there's a way.

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