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sjc55

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

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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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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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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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