expressions · idiom

Instant Proverb: A time to _______ and a time to laugh

A time to _______ and a time to laugh – Life is a balance: You can have good times and bad times, or happy days and sad days.

Which word should be in the gap?

Choose the right answer:

  1. dance
  2. complain
  3. cry
  4. weep

 

 

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The right answer is:

 

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Tim Simpson

weep.

 (Note: From the Bible, the Book of Ecclesiastes 3. The full quote goes like this:

There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

    a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
    a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.)

 Here are some examples of how you can use A time to weep and a time to laugh:

It doesn’t make sense to expect that you’ll never have a sad day in your life. There is a time to weep and a time to laugh.

Normally I like working out, but today my legs aren’t moving at all. I’m so tired. Oh well, a time to weep and a time to laugh.

Tomorrow I need to go to the dentist, but in the evening I’m going to see a play. A time to weep and a time to laugh.

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