Native English Speakers often use sayings and proverbs when making comments on certain situations, experiences or to support an opinion. In fact native speakers love to use sayings and proverbs. Both for the purpose of humour and to emphasize a point. Below is the first part of a list I will post on my blog of well-known sayings and proverbs: fixed phrases or sentences that give advice or say something that is generally true.
Sometimes a speaker will even leave out part of the phrase in a sentence because it is so well known. The part that is often left out is shown in brackets as an example of my point. what the eye doesn’t see ( the heart doesn’t grieve over) or when the going gets tough (the tough get going) : Yes it’s a difficult challenge…but when the going gets tough…..!
Here are some examples of popular sayings and proverbs. More will be posted in part 2 of this topic.
absence makes the heart grow fonder used to say that when you are away from someone or somewhere you love, you love them or it even more.
there’s no accounting for taste used to say how difficult it is to understand why someone likes someone or something that you do not like at all.
it’ll be alright on the night used to say that a performance, an event, etc, will be sucessful even if the preparations for it have not gone well.
if you can’t beat them, join them if you can’t defeat somebody or be as successful as they are, then it is more sensible to join them in what they are doing and perhaps get some advantage for yourself by doing so.
beauty is in the eye of the beholder people all have different ideas about what is beautiful. It can be apearance. intellect or other qualities that an individual defines as beautiful in another person.
beauty is only skin deep how a person looks is less important than their character.
you’ve made your bed now must lie on it you must accept the results of your actions
beggars can’t be choosers people say beggars can’t be choosers when there is no choice and somebody should just be satisfied with what is available.
there’s one born every minute used to say that somebody is very stupid.
every cloud has a silver lining every sad or difficult situation or experience has a positive side, something to learn from that will make us wiser etc.
easy come easy go used to mean that somebody does not care very much about money or possessions especially if they spend it or lose something. People who are not very materialistc have this attitude in life.
the end justifies the means bad or unfair methods of doing something are acceptable if the results of that action is good or positive.
so far, so good used to say that things have been successful until now and you hope they continue to do so, but you know the task etc. is not complete yet, is not finished yet.
Well that was a quick look at sayings and proverbs, more to come in part 2.