English

1. The earl bird catches the worm.
2. Early birds catch the worms.
(Which one is the right proverb?)

3. He ran on and on.
4. He ran without stopping.
5. He ran continuously.
6. He ran continually.
7. He ran over and over.
8. He ran over and over again.

(Are all the same meaning?)

asked by John
  1. 1 is the correct proverb.

    3 - 8 are similar, but not identical in meaning. 3, 4, 5, and 6 mean the same thing -- that he ran without stopping for anything. (I think this is actually impossible! No one can run constantly for the rest of his life!!)

    7 and 8 imply that he ran frequently, perhaps every day, but not continuously.

    posted by Writeacher

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