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Posted by Lewis on December 21, 2005

In Reply to: "Oil and water don't mix" posted by R. Berg on December 17, 2005

: : : "Oil and water don't mix" IS that the perfect proverb.i believe it should be Oil and water doesn't mix".

: : "Oil and water" is a plural subject, so the verb is plural.

: Yes, and the plural verb, in case there's any doubt, is "don't."

Isn't an emulsion the mixture of oil and a water-based liquid?

In which case, the proverb is only a statement of appearances, but misses the spot of truth.