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    #1

    died away? fumbled over each other?

    Colin's snorts and giggles died away.He stared down at the big hands fumbled over each other,as if he were washing them clean.

    1.died away=?

    2.fumbled over each other=?

    3.were washing them clean=

    why this end sentence are using past continue tense?

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    Re: died away? fumbled over each other?

    Please space after commas, periods, semicolons, etc.

    1. Colin's snorts and giggles died away because he stopped snorting and giggling.
    2. As this sentence lacks context, who knows what the writer means by that?
    3. To say that somebody stared at his hands as if he were washing them clean makes no sense.

    I have to see the whole sentence to know what was intended. (Even then I can't always be sure.) I generally assume that a person asks a question because he wants to know the answer. However, for me to be able to guess at why a writer chose one word over another or one tense over another I would have to see much more than one or two sentences.
    Last edited by Tarheel; 08-Jan-2015 at 20:47. Reason: delete comma

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    Re: died away? fumbled over each other?

    For me, "died away" means that they gradually got quieter and then stopped.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: died away? fumbled over each other?

    Yes, it was gradual, not abrupt. Like laughter that slowly diminishes.

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    Re: died away? fumbled over each other?

    3. To say that somebody stared at his hands as if he were washing them clean makes no sense.


    make no sense = can't make sense?
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Jan-2015 at 08:37.

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    Re: died away? fumbled over each other?

    makes no sense = does not make sense. It is not logical.

    I think there might be a typo or a missing word from the sentence about "big hands". It would make more sense if it said "He stared down at the (his?) big hands, [which were] fumbling over each other as if he were washing them". When you wash your hands, you tend to move your hands around each other, using each hand to spread water and soap over the other hand. I can see how someone would describe that as "fumbling". It seems to me that the writer was trying to say that the person was making the same movement with his hands that he would make if he were washing his hands. If you quoted the original exactly, then it's a grammatically incorrect sentence.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #7

    Re: died away? fumbled over each other?

    I am not a teacher.

    I think it's a typo too, but I thought it might be, 'He stared down as his big hands fumbled over each other…'

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