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01 / 02 / 2010

SAYINGS-1: meaning and examples

Good morning. I hope everyone had a nice weekend.

One of our loyal followers, Luis Carlos V., suggested that we look at different sayings in English. A saying, according to the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, is a well-known phrase or statement that expresses something about life that most people believe is wise and true. This week we will review some common sayings in English.

Today's English saying is: a stitch in time saves nine

Meaning: It is better to deal with something immediately, because if you wait it may become worse or more difficult and cause more problems or more work.

Translation to Spanish: una puntada a tiempo ahorra ciento.

We often leave off the words "saves nine" and just say a stitch in time.

Example 1:
If you have an idea for your final project, start working today. Don't wait until the end of the semester. A stitch in time saves nine.

Example 2:
I advise replacing the oil-filter now. If not, you might need to replace the whole engine later. Replacing the oil-filter costs 40 euros, but you would need to pay at least 1,000 euros to replace the engine. A stitch in time, you know.

A similar proverb/saying is an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Example 3:
I strongly recommend backing up your hard-drive at least once per week. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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