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1. A fool and his money are soon parted.

2. A fool and his money part soon.

Can I rewrite the first sentence as the second? Thanks in advance.

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Sure, if you want to.

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anonymousCan I rewrite the first sentence as the second?

The meaning changes. In the first, someone parts the two. In the second, they part for no stated reason. Also, the first is a proverb and therefore cannot be reworded.

My slightly flippant answer was meant to convey the idea that there is no central body that sits in judgment over what is correct and what is not correct in English. This is in contrast with eg the Academie francaise and the French language.

I don't agree that proverbs cannot be rewritten. I might accept shouldn't, with the proviso that you need a very good level of English to start playing with the language.

Clie