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If we cut the thing becomes one,

If we don't cut the thing becomes two,

What is the thing?

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    $\begingroup$ Is this supposed to have an "it" between the "thing"s and "becomes"? ("If we cut the thing it becomes one") That would make it grammatically correct. $\endgroup$ – Riker Dec 27 '17 at 23:16
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    $\begingroup$ @Riker It could also be made grammatically correct by putting a comma after "cut" both times. Trouble is, that gives it quite a different meaning than the change you suggested... $\endgroup$ – Lord Farquaad Dec 28 '17 at 15:46
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    $\begingroup$ Can user point us in a direction. There are so many answers that fit. We are just hitting darts in the dark. $\endgroup$ – prog_SAHIL Dec 29 '17 at 13:34

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I think a straightforward answer may be

Scissors.

Explanation:

When cutting with the scissors, the two blades go together to form one, when not cutting the blades are two separate entities.

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  • $\begingroup$ I knew someone else would say this :) $\endgroup$ – Noldor130884 Dec 28 '17 at 11:40
  • $\begingroup$ I don’t like this because if you don’t cut, it doesn’t become two, it already is two. $\endgroup$ – Daniel B Dec 28 '17 at 23:07
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The thing could be(Bit of a stretch)

A computer file

Explanation:

If we cut it, it becomes 1
But if we don't cut it (copy it), It becomes 2.

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    $\begingroup$ If we cut it, it remains 1 $\endgroup$ – Siraj Dec 28 '17 at 16:24
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I don't think this is the correct answer, but just a try.

Roman numeral Two (II) If you cut the Roman numeral 2 in vertical, it will become two ones. If you don't cut it, it will remain as two.

Another answer can be

The word count of "One thing". If you cut the thing from it, it becomes 1(One) and if you don't cut the thing, it becomes two(One and thing)

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This also makes sense

It is the number 2.

Explanation:

if we don't cut (half) it remains 2. and if we cut (half) it, it will become 1.

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The head of a revolutionary who belongs to an organization on the verge of schism.

Explanation:

If you cut their head off, the revolutionary becomes a martyr, and unites the fractious organization. If you don't, the schism widens, and the organization splits in two.

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M pretty sure not the intended answer but got in mind so posting it. It could be:

enter image description here

Explanation:

When director says Cut he/she joins it and it becomes one. If not cut then its not joined(not completely separate though)

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    $\begingroup$ To my knowledge, the clapperboard is used at the beginning of scenes, and has no relation to the "cutting" of the action at the end. $\endgroup$ – glibdud Dec 28 '17 at 15:38
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There's

always wedding cakes and this weird German wedding tradition of sawing a log. If the cutting takes place on the wedding day then the two individuals have probably "become one" but if it doesn't then it may indicate a falling out or someone getting stood up (and becoming two / breaking up).

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The thing may be

Ties

If one cuts ties, it becomes one, the one who cut ties, in the sense a split relationship;
If one doesn't cut ties, it "becomes" two, both of whom refuse to sever a relationship, in the sense of "suits them both."

I think most answers so far "remain one" or "remain two" and I'm so far stumped as to how else anything cut can become one or become two in a literal sense, as in starting from some other number. Though quite possibly in a medical sense.

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This is my first time answering on this site so hopefully i got the syntax for the spoilers right, but i believe the answer is ...

A Corner

because ...

by not cutting you are still left with the 1 corner, however if you cut corners you'll end up with 2 spots where you had to change your path. which would be 2 corners.

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"If we cut the thing" becomes one...

... one hypothetical clause.

"If we don't cut the thing" becomes two...

... meaning a second hypothetical clause.

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It could also be

Half time

Explanation

If you cut the half time out of a soccer/football (depending on your origin) game for example the game becomes one long game, if you don't the game is split in two halves. Although this seems a bit stretched since two halves are still part of a whole.

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It could be

Hair

My explanation

Before hair is cut, the ends are split, when the hair is cut, the end is singular?

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Bit of a stretch, but how about

A Room

Explanation

If you have two adjacent rooms and you cut (the wall/ceiling/floor) of one, you now have one room, but if you don't cut it you have two rooms.

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Maybe it's...

The word count, in the verb phrase.

So that...

In the phrase "Cut," There is only one (1) word. However, in the phrase "Don't cut," there are two (2).

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My take on this :

It is an area enclosed by a circle.
When the circle is not cut, there are TWO areas : inside the circle and outside the circle.
When the circle is cut, both areas merge to become ONE. enter image description here

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It could be

Movie Film

Explanation

Prior to digital editing, to do a cut in film meant physically cutting the film and joining the two pieces together. If we do a cut, two pieces become one. If we do not cut, the two pieces of film remain separate.

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My answer:

Marriage. Because if two people are joined in marriage, they can be counted as one entity- but if they get cut ties (get a divorce) then they're two again.

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Maybe... it is...

Salary

If you, as my manager, cut my salary; then my income becomes one (e.g. dollar per minute).
If you don't cut it, my income will become two.

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