Using "proverbs" in essays or writings

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If I want to use any proverbs in my professional writing, should I just write them in a sentence or there is a particular system in writing them. Do I have to explain it as well?

 

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asked May 01 '11 at 12:16 Farhan Md Mizan New member

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Citing a proverb can be done a number of ways, and it really depends on your style.  You can cite a proverb in your writing and analyse, being sure to attribute it to the culture that it belongs to.  Alternatively, proverbs often make interesting openers to chapters or sections in a text.  Many writers include the proverb or quote without making any explanation.  Usually it is formatted as follows:

 

Chapter 10: Learning from your mistakes (TITLE OF CHAPTER OR HEADING)

 

"Hindsight is 20/20". -- American proverb (QUOTATION OR PROVERB with ATTRIBUTION)

 

In today's world, it can be easy to get caught up in our daily lives.  As we saw in the first section of the book,  . . . (TEXT)

link comment answered May 02 '11 at 17:07 Kimberly Expert
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I think u have to write it out. So people can understand what u are trying to say. Becouse nobody can read people minds

link comment answered May 08 '13 at 22:23 diana. turay New member

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