Everything changes, nothing stays the same

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Author: Tony

Born and raised in Malaysia between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. Educated at Wycliffe College in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire, England. Living in the foothills of Mount Etna since 1982 and teaching English at Catania University since 1987.

10 thoughts on “Everything changes, nothing stays the same”

      1. Thanks Tony for your correction, nevertheless, the meaning of the sticker ( and the verb tense) is still obscure for me. Notwithstanding, I keep loving English humour.


        1. Squirrels like to gather acorns to eat during the winter and they sometimes bury them in the ground to keep them safe. If you bury an acorn in the ground and leave it for long enough, there is always a chance that it will germinate and turn into a baby oak tree!


          1. Tony, you are kindly enlightened me. Everything is clear now, but I suppose that discovering the sense of the scene is really challenging. It would have been easier to catch the meaning if last verb were “to do” instead of “to have”.


            1. I think you have to imagine a child who has gone to his/her mother saying, “Mummy, mummy, I’ve lost my acorn!” The mother tries to help by saying, “Do you remember where you were when you last had it?” And the child takes his/her mother to the spot but of course the acorn isn’t there and so the mother says, “And you’re sure this was the last place you had it?”

              You couldn’t actually use “do” as the last verb because you can’t “do” an acorn.

              N.B. “You HAVE kindly enlightened me.”

              N.B. I would use “get the meaning” rather than “catch the meaning”.
              “Catch” is more typical in a sentence like, “Sorry, I didn’t quite catch what you said.”


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