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Marcia Tosta
You just know what you had it was special when you lose it!
Aug 26, 2016 11:23 PM
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I agree! I think most of us would think of the song "Big Yellow Taxi":

Don't it always seem to go

That you don't know what you've got

Till it's gone

Just a correction and some notes:

You only know (that) what you had was special once you've lost it!

"What you had" = "it", so there's no need to repeat the subject. I used present perfect at the end to show "the present as a result of the past", although present simple is not wrong.

"To lose it" can also mean "to lose your temper", so be aware there's a double meaning to that phrase.

August 27, 2016

There's a saying, I think it's a U.S. saying but it might be common to all English-speaking countries:

"You never miss the water till the well runs dry."

I found it in a 1908 book published in the United States but it might be much older.

August 29, 2016
Dead right.....and sometimes with regret.
August 27, 2016

Great saying:)

August 27, 2016
When you lose something that was taken for granted,  you will know how important it is. 
August 29, 2016
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Marcia Tosta
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