How To Write a Proverb Expansion or Expansion of an idea?

Expansion of an idea or expansion of a proverb is simple and straightforward. It involves 5 easy steps. They are:

Step 1: Understand the symbol of the words in the proverb: Most proverbs or ideas are symbolic. The name of place or animal or thing or person stands as a symbol of some quality. We have to try to understand that in the context of the proverb.

For example take the proverb, ‘Rome was not built in a day‘. Here the noun ‘Rome’ is the name of a place. We also (should) know that Rome was a great city. So what does Rome stand for? It stands for Greatness or success. (Remember it was a great city).

Or take the example of  ‘All that glitters is not gold‘. Here we have the noun ‘gold’.  It is the name of a thing. We know that gold is a precious metal. So what does gold stand for? It stands for precious.

Step 2: Substitute the meaning in the idea or the proverb: Take the two previous examples.

‘Rome was not built in a day’ and ‘All that glitters is not gold’. Now substitute the symbols we found out earlier in the sentences. What do we have?

  1. ‘Greatness or success was not built in a day’
  2. ‘All that glitters is not precious’

The proverb is now decoded and ready for understanding.

Step 3: Look for a story or anecdote or example or illustration: Now that you have understood what the proverb stands for or what the proverb means, we should look for a suitable example to illustrate it.

Where do we get these stories? There are plenty of them. Aesop’s fables are ideal. So are the tales of India, the Panchatantra.

We can also look for example from today’s world. We could, for example, for the proverb ‘Rome was not built in a day’, talk about the effort put in by Barack Obama to achieve greatness, and that it took many years to build it, that it did not happen overnight.

Step 4: Look for similar proverbs or ideas: “Patience, persistence and perspiration make an unbeatable combination for success” by Napoleon Hill is similar to ‘Rome was not built in a day’; so is the proverb ‘Do not judge the book by its cover’ similar to ‘All that glitters is not precious’.

Step 5: Sum up the paragraph: Use summing up words or phrases to indicate that you have finished the expansion and intend to sum it up. You could use ‘Thus’ or ‘In fine’ or ‘So’ or ‘The proverb advises that’. Let the reader know that you are signing off.

So we have 5 Steps on ‘How to do expansion of an idea or expansion of a proverb’:

Step 1:  Understand the symbol of the words in the proverb
Step 2:  Substitute the meaning in the idea or the proverb
Step 3:  Look for a story or anecdote or example or illustration
Step 4:  Look for similar proverbs or ideas
Step 5:  Sum up the paragraph

This is how I do expansion of an idea or expansion of a proverb.

If you have anything to add or any question to ask, please feel free to leave a comment.

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34 Responses to How To Write a Proverb Expansion or Expansion of an idea?

  1. akshaya says:


  2. AMAN says:

    cut your coat according to your cloth.
    the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.
    prevention is better than cure.
    manners maketh man.
    please sir. i just loved the way you write expansions. its great !

    • Komarraju Venkata Vinay says:

      Dear Aman,
      I appreciate your suggestions. I will surely write on the topics suggested.

      Taking your suggestions, I have written on ‘Work is Worship’ today. I am posting it. I will add more as soon as possible.

      I am happy that these expansions are useful to you. All the best for your exams.

      Venkata Vinay

  3. Aamir says:

    Dear seniors ,

    I am confused with the lay out of the expansion .Some people suggest to write the whole idea in one paragraph where others advise to first write an introductory paragraph which illustrates the meaning of the adage followed by two to three examples each in diff paragraph and finally conclude with another paragraph .

    • Komarraju Venkata Vinay says:

      Dear Aamir,

      Your confusion is understood. The answer is simple. Expansion of an idea depends on the number of words that you are permitted to write. It does not matter whether you write one paragraph or three; what matters is an introduction, body and conclusion. You can have the same in one paragraph also: an opening statement, supporting statements and concluding statement.

      Paragraph division is only to help easier reading and understanding.

      Hope this clarifies you confusion.

      Venkata Vinay

  4. thank you so much.i used your ideas for writing my own proverb.thank you for giving us the steps for writing the was useful to me in my exams.
    yours faithfuly,

  5. ratul jeej says:

    can you please expand the proverb ‘An acute word cuts deeper than a sharp weapon’

  6. sunil says:

    Hellow sir.,

    I want simple proverbs and expansion with examples send me sir.,

    thanking you sir.,

  7. samwesley says:

    I am writing an expansion check it on
    A bird in a bush is worth two in a hand.
    The literal meaning of this proverb is that we should use the oppurtunity we get rather than finding oppurtunities which is not in our hands.Never wait for everything to come,
    Dog with a bone is a famous maxim whcih describes this proverb.A dog was going through the road and it found a bone.
    On the way when it was going back it saw it’s own reflection on the river and tried to acquire that bone.

  8. philomena says:

    dear sir,
    i want to get how we can understand expansion better way so it would more to understand are we happier than foreafather god made the country and man made the town

  9. nisha says:

    i needed some suggestions and examples on the proverb- justice delayed is justice denied

  10. sakshi says:

    i want the expansion of idea of’women empowerment in india’

  11. yash says:

    how 2 recognize the meaning of the proverb if we hv heard it d 1st tm?

  12. ritz behera says:

    sir i need on – there is no place like home!

  13. Hrushi says:

    Sir,please Expand ‘Come together we can create something Beautiful’

  14. Farman says:

    I have been taught that adding examples, illustrations is of no use just explain the philosophy of the topic is that true??

  15. shubhechhya mansagar wankhade says:

    it is really easy to understand but i have a problem and that is how i make the beginning of my given proverb

  16. shivnadimpalli says:

    Reblogged this on nshivm.

  17. sonakshi says:

    what we should write in the second paragraph?

  18. shruti says:

    i just got to ask is it dat easy 2 write???????/

  19. Vinay Kale says:

    I need the expansion of idea- The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world . please its urgent tomorrow is my exam i just want some interesting points . . . these expansions are really fabulous and now i need this one also please

  20. krishnarraja says:

    i cant get ideas what to do??? please suggest

  21. pratik deshmukh says:

    its gr8 sir ur expansion r jst awsome &its easy 2 remember 2……:]

  22. Mazhar says:

    I enjoying being here!

  23. Furqaan says:

    Thanks Writer, it helped me a lot!
    I am a student of X STD from India and I wanted to know what are the aspects behind the creation of expansion of ideas, so i surfed it on the internet and searching for that I got your website.I found it interesting so I read it. It helped me a lot to understand that, Thanks!!!

  24. vaishnavi says:

    I am very weak in expansion. Please help me.

  25. vaishnavi says:

    please help me! i m very weak!

  26. kerry mendes says:

    i didnt get ua examples..
    please explain in an easier way..

  27. mushtaq hussain says:

    aoa sir
    if it is asked for long essay the method will be same? i means have to write 3000 words essay.
    please i need urgent reply

    • Komarraju Venkata Vinay says:

      Hi Mushtaq, the procedure is the same. Except that you have to add more details. More examples. Perhaps, state why you think the way you see it. You could also write when and how the proverb made meaning to you. You could talk about examples from your real life.
      Hope it helps.

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