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What verbs do you generally associate with an avalanche?
The ones I have found are these two: to break off and to come off. But which one is more used in this kind of sentence?
- An avalanche has broken/come off the mountain.
Thank you very much.
I suppose it might "cascade" down a mountain, but you would have to use all those words.
An avalanche cascaded yesterday in Switzerland.
An avalanche cascaded down a mountain in Switzerland yesterday.
Note that I am not saying that this is what we naturally say. I would expect to see "There was an avalanche in Switzerland yesterday".
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The avalanche swept away everything in its path.
The point I was making was that transitive verbs describing the effects these natural disasters can cause are not verbs essential to the disaster itself. Yes
earthquakesavalanches can sweep down mountains, kill people, bury homes, knock over trees, etc.
Last edited by Raymott; 07-Sep-2013 at 21:43.