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    Stretch or extend. Native speakers.

    Question for native speakers.
    I've got this sentence - Sometimes mists may lie on the surface of the water and stretch towards the clouds.
    Is it possible to say like that or it will sound awkward? - Sometimes mists may lie on the surface of the water and extend towards the clouds.
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    Re: Stretch or extend. Native speakers.

    It seems that the person is talking about fog and not mists. (But I suppose they are similar.) In any case, it is something that occurs at ground level. So either sentence makes perfect sense to me.


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    Re: Stretch or extend. Native speakers.

    Stretch is good, extend is awkward.

    I would delete may. The word sometimes makes clear that it does not always happen, so may is unneeded and redundant.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Stretch or extend. Native speakers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    Stretch is good, extend is awkward.
    How is 'stretch' good? Mists don't stretch. I'd say 'extend' is much better. Obviously both words are being used in a colloquial way.

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    Re: Stretch or extend. Native speakers.

    A mist is a light rain, and it doesn't either extend or stretch. As for a fog, it is a cloud. It's a cloud that sits on the surface of the planet.

    ~Ron

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    Re: Stretch or extend. Native speakers.

    To me it sounds quite natural. I would use it myself.

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    Re: Stretch or extend. Native speakers.

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    How is 'stretch' good? Mists don't stretch. I'd say 'extend' is much better. Obviously both words are being used in a colloquial way.
    Where I live, it does seem to be stretching upward. We call it sea smoke.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Stretch or extend. Native speakers.

    I don't think we did a very good job of teaching there. We talked among ourselves, but we did not give the OP his or her answer: yes.

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    Re: Stretch or extend. Native speakers.

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    I don't think we did a very good job of teaching there. We talked among ourselves, but we did not give the OP his or her answer: yes.
    Yes, it's OK, or yes, it will sound awkward?

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    Re: Stretch or extend. Native speakers.

    To me, extend sounds natural.

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