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    Default A serene surface of a lake is disturbed

    What is the right verb for this context: "A serene surface of a lake is disturbed when a girl emerges"? It seems to me that "agitated" sounds better.

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    Default Re: A serene surface of a lake is disturbed

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    What is the right verb for this context: "A serene surface of a lake is disturbed when a girl emerges"? It seems to me that "agitated" sounds better.
    No "agitated" does not sound better.

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    Default Re: A serene surface of a lake is disturbed

    I am not really sure what word I'd use. I haven't seen a lot of girls emerging from a lake through a serene surface.

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    Default Re: A serene surface of a lake is disturbed

    I think "disturbed" is OK. I think that I, as well as the serene surface, would be disturbed were I to witness such an eventuality.

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    Default Re: A serene surface of a lake is disturbed

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I think "disturbed" is OK. I think that I, as well as the serene surface, would be disturbed were I to witness such an eventuality.
    Does it sound awkward that the girl emerged from the water?

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    Default Re: A serene surface of a lake is disturbed

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    Does it sound awkward that the girl emerged from the water?
    Not necessarily, no. It would depend on the rest of the text.

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    Default Re: A serene surface of a lake is disturbed

    Quote Originally Posted by Marina Gaidar View Post
    Does it sound awkward that the girl emerged from the water?
    Seriously, I cannot imagine a situation (other than in a fantasy film) in which anybody would emerge through a serene surface. The surface would not be serene unless the person had gone under it some considerable time before.

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    Default Re: A serene surface of a lake is disturbed

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    Seriously, I cannot imagine a situation (other than in a fantasy film) in which anybody would emerge through a serene surface. The surface would not be serene unless the person had gone under it some considerable time before.
    Ah, you mean that! I'm really writing a fantastic story

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