because my childhood, I have actually been told around this phrase/idiom by my teachers, friends and also parents. Since now i see whatever written in English microscopically, this seems perplexed come me.

A girlfriend in require is a girlfriend indeed.

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Think about two friend - Jack and Jill. Now, if Jack is in need, go he end up being friend indeed? keeping Jack as key person, whereby is Jill described? The previous "friend" or the latter? Or this is written keeping ONLY ONE PERSON in mind? No second person (as a friend) is required?

Furthermore, the adverb indeed is explained as the word used to emphasize a declare or solution confirming something already suggested. Then...

Jack is Jill"s girlfriend if (and only?) he"s in need (of hers?) all the time!

Does the idiom call for comma or an additional word what to make it clearer? choose this -

A friend, who comes (and more than likely helps) as soon as you need, is a girlfriend indeed.

How the initial is grammatical?


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This proverb is additionally common in my very first language. Maybe they were derived from the exact same origin. In any type of case, the one in my very first language is an extremely clear, and also can it is in translated ago as:

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where in need means "in challenging times", and also a friend indeed method "a true friend". Likewise note the both of these "a friend" describe the same person.

I looked up the relevant word and phrase, and they are helpful.

Which support the translate above. In hard times, most of our friends might disappear or shot to stay away indigenous us. However, her true friends will always stay close and even try to help us the end of the poor situation. In various other words, when a poor thing taken place to you, it could be a good time come prove which among your friends are your true friends.

In my opinion, the proverb, A girlfriend in need is a girlfriend indeed, is already clear the way it is; and it doesn"t require a comma or any added words.


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A girlfriend in need is a friend indeed.This expression should not it is in mistaken for one arguing or refering to 2 persons in ~ the very same time.Rather,it way the high quality of difficult close to one"s companion(friend)during difficulty.the "indeed"refers come the willingness that a girlfriend to assist his friend,which must be put right into "action"or "deeds."Then it i do not care fitting to say:"a girlfriend in require is a girlfriend indeed."


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I believe it is like a pun "in deed-indeed". For this reason if you room in trouble-/need/, you expect some genuine help- /deed/, the one who provides you with the last is a true friend /a friend indeed/


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A friend in need provides the other human being (their friend) the possibility to do good deeds (mitzvahs). In the way, the friend in require is a great friend, indeed.


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The content below was originally posted on paragraph UK, here.

There room two ways to analyze this phrase that room in usual use:

Someone who helps you once you space in require is a true friend.

Someone who needs your help becomes particularly friendly to acquire it.

Firstly, Is it “a girlfriend in need is a friend indeed” or “a girlfriend in need is a friend in deed”? Secondly, is it “a girlfriend (when you are) in need” or “a friend (who is) in need”?

If the former, then the phrase means: “someone that helps you once you are in require is a true friend”. If the latter, it is “someone who requirements your aid becomes particularly friendly in order to attain it”.

So, that gives us four options:

A friend, (when you are) in need, is certainly a true friend. ("indeed")

A friend, (when girlfriend are) in need, is someone who is all set to plot to present it ("in deed")

A friend, (who is) in need, is without doubt a true friend. ("indeed")

A friend, (who is) in need, is someone who is all set to act to present it ("in deed")


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Ennius (circa 239–169 BCE) observed: amicus certus in re incerta cernitur ‎(“a sure friend is recognized in unsure times”),

Therefore i think it would be best if amended to review "a girlfriend in need, calls for a girlfriend in deed." that pretty much clears it up for me.


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