T-learning # Idiom
Speak Like a Native

Every cloud has a silver lining.

Choose the correct definition a, b or c.

a) Look on the bright side.

Well done ! That’s the right answer.

’The proverbial saying ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ is used to convey the notion that, no matter how bad a situation might seem, there is always some good aspect to it.

This expression is usually said as an encouragement to a person who is overcome by some difficulty and is unable to see any positive way forward.’

French translation

À quelque chose malheur est bon. Après la plus le beau temps.

How NOT to translate : *Chaque nuage a une doublure d’argent.


Examples in context

Every cloud has a silver lining ? Not if it is run by an internet giant

Like the history of electricity generation, data processing has become centralised, so shouldn’t it be regulated in the same way ?

Ten years ago, the tech commentator Nicholas Carr published The Big Switch : Rewiring the World From Edison to Google. It was the first attempt to explain to a general audience the significance of the computing industry’s move to what became known as “cloud computing”.

The Guardian, 18 Feb. 2018


‘In the bullion market, every silver lining has a cloud

Events in the gold market have given a whole new twist to the old adage that “no news is good news.”

Hopes for a deal between the US and China to dismantle the trade tariffs imposed on each other’s exports have cheered most observers, given that a serious clash of these economic titans would spell serious trouble for mid-sized and smaller economies.

But in the bullion world, optimistic noises about an end to the trade conflict were greeted by a markdown in the gold price.’

Capital.com, 6 March 2019


Everyday usage

However, every cloud has a silver lining. In this case, the silver lining was an opportunity to review the functioning of the plant.

I found a new job after losing my last one and I like this one more. You see, every cloud does have a silver lining.

Let’s talk some silver lining potential in this otherwise dark market cloud.

b) It never rains but it pours.

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c) Money can’t buy happiness.

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