Something is better than nothing

Discussion in 'English Only' started by learnanglo, Nov 12, 2006.

  1. learnanglo Member

    Chinese, Taiwan
    Hi, everybody
    Something is better than nothing.
    Does this sentence make sense?
    Thank you in advance.
  2. Old Novice

    Old Novice Senior Member

    USA, English
    Sure. It not only makes sense, it's a common saying, at least in AE.

    Edit: A variation of the phrase is, "you can't beat something with nothing."
  3. learnanglo Member

    Chinese, Taiwan
    Thanks a lot.
  4. sarahtherockgod

    sarahtherockgod New Member

    USA, Ohio
    United States
    It does make sense. It's kinda the same as "It's better to have love and lost to never have loved at all. :rolleyes: Or so I've heard.
  5. MissFit

    MissFit Senior Member

    It's a trite phrase that someone might say when someone else got less than he wanted or expected. Here's an example.

    PERSON A: "I'm so angry! My boss gave me a raise of ten cents per hour."
    PERSON B: "Isn't a raise a good thing."
    PERSON A: "I was expect a raise of a dollar an hour."
    PERSON B: "Well, something is better than nothing."
  6. panjandrum

    panjandrum Occasional Moderator

    Belfast, Ireland
    English-Ireland (top end)
    Half a loaf is better than no bread.
  7. sarahtherockgod

    sarahtherockgod New Member

    USA, Ohio
    United States
    That's true

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