There is an idiomatic phrase in my native language whose meaning changes if another phrase is added to it. I am wondering if "variation" is the correct word to describe the new phrase.

A similar example from English:

  1. For the better.
  2. For better or for worse.

Can we say that phrase 2 is a variation of phrase 1?

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    Yes, expressions can have variations. But the ones you gave mean different things.
    – Lambie
    Jun 28, 2021 at 15:34
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    Idiomatically, Brits in particular are more likely to say that phrase 2 is a variant of phrase 1 Jun 28, 2021 at 15:38
  • 2
    Yup, those are completely different sayings, unrelated in meaning. They are not variations of the same thing. Jun 28, 2021 at 15:48
  • Almost any phrase can change it's meaning if you add more phrases to it. Jun 28, 2021 at 16:05


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