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Does this sentence sound natural?

The proverb/saying shows a unique culture of the people and society.
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Hi Taka,

Does this sentence sound natural?
The proverb/saying shows a unique culture of the people and society.

No. I suggest The proverb/saying illustrates a unique culture.

Clive
CliveHi Taka,

Does this sentence sound natural?
The proverb/saying shows a unique culture of the people and society.

No. I suggest The proverb/saying illustrates a unique culture.

Clive

Good (I thought it didn't). Then what about this one?

The proverb/saying represents the unique culture of the people and society.
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Hi again,

what about this one?

The proverb/saying represents the unique culture of the people and society.


There are a number of shades of meaning in the word 'represent', but the word does not seem to me to fit well here. The meaning of 'take the place of' is the first that comes to my mind here, in the sense that my elected represntative 'takes my place' in Parliament. But, as I say, that kind of meaning doesn't seem to fit well here.

As you speaking of one specific proverb or generally, ie of all proverbs?

Clive
Clive... The meaning of 'take the place of' is the first that comes to my mind here, in the sense that my elected represntative 'takes my place' in Parliament. But, as I say, that kind of meaning doesn't seem to fit well here.

Doesn't the word 'represent' also mean 'to serve as an example of', as in the example from the American Heritage Dictionary?
The museum had several paintings representing the artist's early style.

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CliveAs you speaking of one specific proverb or generally, ie of all proverbs?

Here, it's about a certain, specific proverb.

Hi again,

Doesn't the word 'represent' also mean 'to serve as an example of', as in the example from the American Heritage Dictionary?

The museum had several paintings representing the artist's early style.

Yes, this is fine. It's like it 'shows' the style. (Consider 'The criminal represented himself as a police officer'.)

The word just doesn't sound right to me when you say The proverb represents the unique culture of the people and society. The meaning of 'serve as an example' is not the first one that comes to my mind here. I wouldn't say the word is completely wrong, particularly if you view it with the meaning of 'show'. It just doesn't seem, to me, to fit well, perhaps because those are somewhat secondary meanings.

Clive
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So does 'represent' sound as unnatural as 'show' here?

Well, actually, what I'm curious about is not the word choice itself.

The sentence is supposed to mean something like this:

The proverb shows a culturally unique aspect of the people and society.

I'm just wondering if the collocation 'show/represent the unique culture' is OK to mean the same thing.
Hi,

So does 'represent' sound as unnatural as 'show' here?

Well, actually, what I'm curious about is not the word choice itself.

The sentence is supposed to mean something like this:

The proverb shows a culturally unique aspect of the people and society.

I'm just wondering if the collocation 'show/represent the unique culture' is OK to mean the same thing.


I don't see 'show' and 'represent' as completely synonymous.

I'd definitely prefer the word 'illustrate' to either of those two.
Clive
Clive,

What about 'reflect'?

The proverb/saying reflects the unique culture of the people and society.
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