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    subject-verb agreement

    In the phrase "diamond cut diamond", why do we use "cut" instead of "cuts" since the subject is singular?

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    Re: subject-verb agreement

    Quote Originally Posted by sjc55 View Post
    In the phrase "diamond cut diamond", why do we use "cut" instead of "cuts" since the subject is singular?
    There are a couple of possiblities that quickly come to mind.
    1... Perhaps "cut" is past tense.
    2....Maybe it's something like '(can)(will) diamond cut diamond'.

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    Re: subject-verb agreement

    Well, many English proverbs are grammatical unanalysable and unchangeable.
    "Diamond cut diamond" is one of the examples. Maybe, it has something to do with the so-called English usage, I suppose.


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    Re: subject-verb agreement

    This is not an English expression I have ever heard of.
    Diamond Cut Diamond is, however, an Indian fairy tale. Andrew Lang included it in The Olive Fairy Book.

    The only other possibility I can think of is:
    a diamond-cut diamond, indicating how a rough diamond was cut and shaped by another diamond.

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