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    slow and clumsy

    Does this "clumsy" here mean "improper action" or "slow action"? I think the former.

    109)Each year, hippotamuses kill more people in Africa than any other animal. They spend up to 18 hours a day relaxing in the water. But when people enter their territory, they often ... Although they appear to be slow and clumsy, they can actually run as fast as 30km/h....
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    Re: slow and clumsy

    How can an animal perform an 'improper action'?

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    Re: slow and clumsy

    "Clumsy" means the same when applied to a hippo as it does when applied to a human. It looks lumbering and as if it might fall over or not be very dextrous or capable of finesse. It certainly looks too big and inelegant to be able to run at 30mph - an appearance which belies its true ability.

    A clumsy person drops things, breaks things, trips over, crashes the car etc. Never hand a clumsy person a bone china tea set to carry across the room!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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