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  1. english-learner's Avatar

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    Question exploded off the waves in flashes and sparks?

    The late afternoon sunlight exploded off the waves in flashes and sparks, forcing Hillary Callahan to squint at the shore as her ferry pulled into the harbor.

    How do I understand the highlighted part in the context above?


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    Re: exploded off the waves in flashes and sparks?

    I would say that the sunlight reflected in the water with the glittering, flashing and sparkling effect. However, I am not a native speaker ....

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    Re: exploded off the waves in flashes and sparks?

    I think Hanka is exactly right!

    A Flash is a bright explosion of light, and a Spark is almost the same...

    So instead of a calm, gentle, easy pond, with the light from the sun being easy to look at, the sea, the waves are making the light from the sun hard to look at... too bright, too fast.

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