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    Clouds hovered over me. What about (Birds & Plane)?

    I know it is correct to say:
    The clouds hovered over me.

    But is the phrase "hover over" used also with birds and plane? e.g.

    1- The birds hovered over me.
    2- The plane hovered over me.

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    Re: Clouds hovered over me. What about (Birds & Plane)?

    not a teacher

    The term "hover" usually means to remain in one place in the air, appearing not to move in any particular direction.
    A bird can certainly hover, but only a plane travelling very slowly might normally be described that way. A helicopter typically hovers a lot.

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    Re: Clouds hovered over me. What about (Birds & Plane)?

    Quote Originally Posted by love-you-mom View Post
    I know it is correct to say:
    The clouds hovered over me.
    That doesn't sound very natural to me.

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    Re: Clouds hovered over me. What about (Birds & Plane)?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    That doesn't sound very natural to me.
    Nor to me.

    It sounds like the clouds had the choice of staying still or moving away.

    Note that very few bird species have the ability to hover.

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    Re: Clouds hovered over me. What about (Birds & Plane)?

    not a teacher

    I don't have a problem with "clouds hovered".
    There are plenty of examples for "cloud(s) hover(ing)/hovered" in COCA that seem entirely natural to me.

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    Re: Clouds hovered over me. What about (Birds & Plane)?

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    The clouds hovered over me.
    That doesn't sound very natural to me.
    What's the natural,then?

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    1-The birds hovered over me.
    2-The plane hovered over me.
    The term "hover" usually means to remain in one place in the air
    Is it better to use "flew" instead of hovered like;
    1-The birds flew over me.
    2-The plane flew over me.

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    Re: Clouds hovered over me. What about (Birds & Plane)?

    not a teacher

    Is it better to use "flew" instead of hovered like;
    1-The birds flew over me.
    2-The plane flew over me.


    Yes, if you mean that the birds/plane moved through the air above you.

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