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    Default how do native speakers say this?

    Hi

    "It takes the ferris wheel 40 minutes to "do a 360 degree"."(That's how I say it and it can be wrong)

    Is there a more acceptable way of saying "do a 360 degree"?


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    Default Re: how do native speakers say this?

    ItHi,

    There are several ways to express this. I suggest the following:

    It takes the ferris wheel 40 minutes to complete a 360 degree turn.

    Or, depart from your model a bit more:

    It takes the ferris wheel 40 minutes to complete a single revolution.

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    Default Re: how do native speakers say this?

    Or simply to "go around once."

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    Default Re: how do native speakers say this?

    For their own horrible marketing reasons, the owners of the London Eye call one revolution a 'flight'. I suppose this is to forestall people like me who when asked to leave said 'What? Twelve quid* to go round only once?'

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    PS *Or whatever it was. Failing memory has drawn a merciful veil over the awful truth.

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    Default Re: how do native speakers say this?

    It takes the wheel forty minutes to go all the way round.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: how do native speakers say this?

    Now I have learned both the casual and technical ways of saying it! Thank you for all your help
    Last edited by LeTyan; 14-Feb-2013 at 07:30.

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    Default Re: how do native speakers say this?

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Now I have learned both the casual and technical ways of saying it! Thank you for all your help
    English is like that. You can choose the "register" that suits your personal style or that of your intended audience, and then match your choice of words and phrases to the register you prefer. The language we use among friends and family is vastly different from that we use when writing an academic paper or applying for a job.

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