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    Proverbs with gerund

    Hi,
    I’m making a new version of my rule for the Gerund and I’d like to include a couple of proverbs to cheer the rule up (or, rather, the learners ).
    I think It’s no use crying over spilt milk is a good one. What abt Eating and scratching wants but a beginning ?
    Is it common enough to be included? I wonder if you could provide a couple of others, really popular ones.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Proverbs with gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by Humble View Post
    Eating and scratching wants but a beginning ?
    Thanks for your cheering up; I do need it!

    Would you like to paraphrase the proverb for us?

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    Re: Proverbs with gerund

    I think the eating and scratching one must be pretty obscure; I've never used it, or heard anyone else use it.

    The only one I can think of 'off the top of my head' [impromptu - without stopping to think very hard] isn't a proverb, but a quotation from Shakespeare (Romeo and Juliet): 'Parting is such sweet sorrow...'. I put the ellipsis in for two reasons:
    • People usually omit them, and treat 'such' as an intensifier, rather than part of the structure 'such ... that'
    • I'm not sure of them - something like 'that I shall say goodnight 'til it be morrow'.


    I'll try and dredge up some more - oh yes, here's one: Seeing's believing.

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    Re: Proverbs with gerund

    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    I'll try and dredge up some more - oh yes, here's one: Seeing's believing.
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    Yes, Bob, but now people may have different views about "Seeing is believing." Maybe, it is sometimes possible to say, "Seeing is not necessarily believing."

    Anscient Chinese intellectuals have to often go through many various levels of perspectives of life before they eventually become enlightened sages. There are three basic stages of perspectives:
    First, seeing a mountain, and it is a mountain.
    Then, seeing a mountain, but it is not a mountain.
    Last but not least, seeing a mountain, and it is still a mountain again.

    This is not a play or twist on words; this is indeed Food for thought.

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    Re: Proverbs with gerund

    Yes - I wasn't subscribing to the view, but just quoting the proverb.



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    Re: Proverbs with gerund

    Here are a few, but I'm not sure I write them right;

    1. Keeping early hours is good for the body and the mind.
    2. It goes without saying that health is above wealth.
    3. What is worth doing is worth doing well.

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    Re: Proverbs with gerund

    One more just crosses my mind:

    There is no knowing what will happen in our life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    It sounds familar; is it possible to mean:

    Robbing the rich to give to the poor?

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    ;
    To take something from one source and use it towards another.
    For more, follow the link

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