because my childhood, I have been told about this phrase/idiom by my teachers, friends and parents. Due to the fact that now i see every little thing written in English microscopically, this appears perplexed to me.

A friend in require is a girlfriend indeed.

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Think around two girlfriend - Jack and Jill. Now, if Jack is in need, walk he come to be friend indeed? keeping Jack as main person, whereby is Jill described? The former "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 described as the word provided to emphasize a explain or response confirming something currently suggested. Then...

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

Does the idiom need comma or second word somewhere to do it clearer? favor this -

A friend, that comes (and most likely helps) once you need, is a girlfriend indeed.

How the original is grammatical?


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This proverb is also common in my first language. Possibly they were derived from the same origin. In any kind of case, the one in my first language is an extremely clear, and can be translated back as:

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where in need means "in tough times", and also a girlfriend indeed method "a true friend". Also note that both of this "a friend" describe the same person.

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

Which supports the interpretation above. In challenging times, most of our friends may disappear or shot to continue to be away indigenous us. However, your true friend will always stay close and even try to assist us out of the bad situation. In other words, as soon as a bad thing happened to you, it could be a an exccentregalilee.coment time to prove which one of your friends space your true friends.

In my opinion, the proverb, A friend in require is a girlfriend indeed, is currently clear the way it is; and also it doesn"t require a comma or any additional words.


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A friend in need is a friend indeed.This expression need to not it is in mistaken for one suggesting or refering to 2 persons at the very same time.Rather,it way the top quality of sticking close come one"s companion(friend)during difficulty.the "indeed"refers come the willingness that a friend to assist his friend,which must be put into "action"or "deeds."Then it becomes fitting come say:"a friend in need is a friend indeed."


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I think it is prefer a pun "in deed-indeed". Therefore if you are in trouble-/need/, you intend some real help- /deed/, the one who offers you with the last is a true friend /a friend indeed/


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A girlfriend in need offers the other human (their friend) the possibility to do an exccentregalilee.coment deeds (mitzvahs). In the way, the friend in require is a great friend, indeed.


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

There space two methods to interpret this phrase that are in common use:

Someone who helps you when you room in require is a true friend.

Someone who needs your help becomes especially friendly to achieve it.

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

If the former, then the phrase means: “someone who helps you as soon as you space in require is a true friend”. If the latter, the is “someone who demands your aid becomes especially friendly in bespeak to obtain it”.

So, that offers us four options:

A friend, (when friend 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 display it ("in deed")

A friend, (who is) in need, is indeed a true friend. ("indeed")

A friend, (who is) in need, is someone that is prepared 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 finest if amended to check out "a friend in need, needs a girlfriend in deed." that pretty much removes it up for me.

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