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    Default the tires turn and nothing

    When it snows a lot, cars have difficulty moving without tire chains. Usually drivers push the gas pedal but it doesn't move. Just the tires turn.
    What's the suitable verb / phrase to describe this?

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    Default Re: the tires turn and nothing

    The wheels spin.

    Note that it's important to say that it's the wheels that are spinning, not just the tyres. It would be very odd if just the tyres were spinning as that would mean they were spinning around the rest of the wheel.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: the tires turn and nothing

    Thanks a lot, big help.
    But is there any other way to say that?

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    Default Re: the tires turn and nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    When it snows a lot, cars have difficulty moving without tire chains. Usually drivers push the gas pedal but it doesn't move. Just the tires turn.
    What's the suitable verb / phrase to describe this?
    Spinning or slipping.

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    Default Re: the tires turn and nothing

    Quote Originally Posted by English4everyone View Post
    Thanks a lot, big help.
    But is there any other way to say that?
    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    Spinning or slipping.

    Or 'The wheels have lost traction'.
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