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    Re: an avalanche

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    In Italian we say "staccarsi" which is kind of "to come off": Una valanga si staccata dalla montagna, which would be: An avalanche has come off from the mountain, but I do not know if it sounds well good in English.

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    It does not.
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    Re: an avalanche

    For what it's worth, this was an interesting thread. It's interesting to think that in one language an avalanche "breaks off" but in another it does not.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 10-Sep-2013 at 19:34. Reason: typo
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    #13

    Re: an avalanche

    hi,
    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    [...] Volcanoes erupt; bush fires/wild fires burn, a flood inundates. That is, does an avalanche do anything intransitive - a verb that simply means that it happens. An avalanche sweeps? Maybe. In the spirit of volcanoes erupting, what do earthquakes do?
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    An avalanches and earthquakes hit or strike.
    Following the 'sweep down the mountain' construction I would put forward:
    roll down
    thunder down
    crash down
    tumble down
    strike down

    What about take off ?

    Cheers
    Last edited by Jaskin; 10-Sep-2013 at 23:15.

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    #14

    Re: an avalanche

    Quote Originally Posted by dilodi83 View Post
    In Italian we say "staccarsi" which is kind of "to come off": Una valanga si staccata dalla montagna, which would be: An avalanche has come off from the mountain...but I do not know if it sounds well in English.

    Let me know
    "Staccarsi" sounds like "detach", which is fair enough.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 11-Sep-2013 at 08:40. Reason: typo

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    Re: an avalanche

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    "Staccarsi" sounds like "detach", which is fair enough.
    yes, you're right. But it's really strange that in Italian an avalanche can detach from a mountain and in English can't. Anyway this is what I love most in learning English...its difference from my native language and I also like the different points of view that two speakers (English and Italian) can have and have about verbs and, generally speaking, about actions and how to describe them.

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