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    Default The concept of disappearing: verbs

    The image on the screen slowly disappeared/faded away/slip away/petered out and I realized it was a computer virus.

    I suppose these 4 verbs are correctly used in this sentence and they mean the same thing, but my question is: Which is more natural for a native? One in particular or what?

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    Default Re: The concept of disappearing: verbs

    I wouldn't use 'petered out, or 'slipped away' here; I'd ue either of the first two.

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    Default Re: The concept of disappearing: verbs

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    The image on the screen slowly disappeared/faded away/slipped away/petered out and I realized it was a computer virus.

    I suppose these 4 verbs are correctly used in this sentence and they mean the same thing, but my question is: Which is more natural for a native? One in particular or what?
    Semi-teacher and native.

    Of the options, I would personally say, 'The image on the screen slowly faded away and I realised it was a computer virus.' 'Disappeared' would also fit, though having said 'slowly' I think 'faded away' goes well with this.

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