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Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder
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Date: Aug 27 2013

Themes: Romance

Grammar: Used to Do vs Be Used to


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Have you ever lived with a spouse or partner? As much as you may love each other, after a while, your partner may start to get on your nerves. Maybe you wish she would wash her dishes more, or that he would stop snoring. Then one day, she goes out of town for a business trip, and something amazing happens. You start to miss her. You start to remember all the things about her that you loved so much. That’s because absence makes the heart grow fonder.

When you have time away from someone, all the day-to-day aspects of their personality aren’t there to bother you. You have time to remember the big things that you love about them. It almost feels as if your heart has room to grow and love again. In your partner’s absence, you can really feel those feelings of fondness, or love, that made you fall for your person in the first place.

Devan’s on vacation away from her husband, Jason. Does absence make her heart grow fonder? Find out in this relationships English lesson.




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Marni:  So, what’s it like to be back in town?

Devan:  It’s great. And weird. There are all these things that I hated about the city that now seem kind of cool and exciting.

Marni:  Like what?

Devan:  Like all the people and the noise. I even miss the traffic! I used to drive around in my car and listen to the radio, and now I have no idea what’s going on in the world.

Marni:  I guess I can see where you would miss those things, being away from it, but I bet if you moved back to town, all this noise would just totally annoy you. You know what they say: Absence makes the heart grow fonder.

Devan:  That’s probably true. It’s probably because I’ve been away from the city that I miss it so much. But anyway, enough about me. I want to hear about your baby! How is it being a mom?

Marni:  It’s great. I love it. You know, Dawn is just the best. I wake up every day, and when she smiles at me, it just makes my heart melt.

Devan:  That’s great. I can’t wait to meet her.

Marni:  I know. I wish I could have brought her in to work today. You know, it sounds kind of crazy, but even when I’m away from her for just a few hours, I miss her so much.

Devan:  But I thought absence makes the heart grow fonder?

Marni:  I don’t think I could be any more fond of her than I already am. So, how about you and Jason? Are you guys going to jump on the baby train anytime soon?

Devan:  You know, we’re not. We’re both fond of kids and everything, but I don’t think either one of us is interested in becoming a parent. It’s just not in our plan.

Marni:  I respect that. Not everybody has to have kids.

Devan:  And to be honest, Jason’s more into his garden these days anyway. It seems like all those flowers and vegetables are like his children. It’s kind of driving me a little bit crazy.

Marni:  Oh, no. You sound annoyed.

Devan:  I am. I’m cuter than a spinach plant, aren’t I?

Marni:  Totally. Maybe it’s a good idea that you took this trip. You know what they say: Absence makes the heart grow fonder. I bet Jason is at home, just dying for you to get back.

Devan:  I hope so.


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Marni and Devan have gotten together to catch up while Devan is visiting. Devan is glad to be back in town, but it’s making her question whether leaving was a good idea. She wanted to get away from all the noise and crowds of the city, but now she realizes that she missed those aspects of city living.

Marni points out that it’s easier to miss things once you leave them, because absence makes the heart grow fonder. Sometimes it’s even a good idea to go away from something or someone. That way when you see them again, it will be extra great to see them. Devan hopes that this is what happens when she sees Jason again. She feels as if he hasn’t been paying enough attention to her recently.

Do you agree that absence makes the heart grow fonder? Can you think of a time when being away from something or someone made you appreciate them more?



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a woman builts her world with feelings…

she plants her flowers with hopes and dreams,

she needs to be loved and to be cared.

she draws her life with pink colors .


she lives her life with deep emotions..she feels love deeply,she feels absence deeply,she feels loneless deeply,she feels proud deeply..

Absence makes the heart grow fonder..its certainly true ,If she loves really and deeply ,

otherwise, this absence turns her heart an empty desert,or it brings her a hopeless waiting .

finally, a Woman lives with love…

10:57 AM Aug 27 2013 |

Ya Nina


I agree with such expression in whole but I suppose that it isn’t so simple how many people think.

First of all, absence makes the heart of your beloved person grow fonder if you still love each other. Certainly, when we live for a long time with our partner or spouse, we are used to each other and, unfortunately, our feelings stop to be bright and intensive, but they are. Probably, in that case, absense makes the heart grow fonder. There are another cases when love bertween spouses stopped and in that situation, any absence helps you to return your ex-feelings and love.

Besides. there are another cases which show when such expression don’t work. I mean situations when absence isn’t short but to long. Unfortunately, life has a lot of examples when long absence crashed even the strongest feelings. However, maybe such feelings weren’t a true love… 

10:17 AM Aug 27 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of


everyone love their mother

or love somone.

and when 2 people love each other and sparate of them.

 when 2 people have love,

 meat again, they very happy and crying!

OTHERWISE, some people have love but they dont any thing,

and just…...............,


10:07 AM Aug 27 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

It happens too much for me.the big one recently was when the summer began and I seprated from my rommates in dorm.I was like:”kiss me hard before you go, summertime sadness.I just wanted you to know, baby you’re the best”

09:21 AM Aug 27 2013 |



really, I’m agree that absence makes the heart grow fonder,Life experiences reveal that.

06:55 AM Aug 27 2013 |




yeah of course i do agree since i have a good experience…i had a girlfriend 2 years back though she ditch me and left me forever…till now i used to feel her absence..when we were in love on that time both we were in long distance..that time she has been stay at mumbai and i was in bangalore…and guy’s belive me that absences have been maked my heart grown fonder…i can’t express myself by word..perhaps i had got something new which was appreciate me more…i got so much pain when i was being away from something…i ll truly remember that day….!!!!! :-(

06:50 AM Aug 27 2013 |



Iran, Islamic Republic Of

i think all of humans are like this always regretful and forgetful, they can realize the values of love, friendship, honesty, wealth and health just in absence of them. we also have two proverbs for that, first say,”Douri o Dousti” means” Be Far away but Be Friend” and second in opposit,”Az Del Beravad Haranke Az Dide Beraft” means: “You Finally Forget a Beloved Whom You’ve not Seen for a Long Time…” 

06:37 AM Aug 27 2013 |


Iran, Islamic Republic Of

yes i agree ;you will love someone or something better if that person or thing is far away. in this way u will understand the valu of beign with that person more :)

05:41 AM Aug 27 2013 |



Saudi Arabia

 We do have in Arabicthe same meaning to  this which is (خلك بعيد حبك يزيد)

it’s  mean when you are far away, you will be more loved. but also there is another saying which totally the opposite (اللي بعيد عن العين بعيد عن القلب) meaning who is far away of the eye is far away from the heart.

for me I agree in both of it because it’s depending on the person  who you in  love or like.

05:41 AM Aug 27 2013 |




Actually,there is a Chinese saying expressing the same meaning as “absense makes the heart grow fonder”I think it is true.The couple will get on each other’s nerve when they are together,like one places things everywhere;like one is emotional,etc.They have more chances to argue,which makes lovers apart.but you will miss the good aspect of couple life when you are apart.you will rememeber how sweet you live together and you will find the missing part and trust that the other half is still falling for you.

BTW,I am in the absense.I am thinking for how long I can get back to her.

12:49 AM Aug 27 2013 |

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