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    Verb "career"

    I have written a few sentences using "career" or "careen" in AmE. Would you please take a look at them and correct my mistakes.

    1. A car careered off the winding road and crashed into the old beech tree.
    2. It was a Saturday night and the ambulances careered the busy streets, carrying inside the drunks, buttered youth, unconscious drug users, injured victims of violence and traffic accidents, and others who were unfortunate to have their evening spoilt by accidents.
    3. A heavy punch sent the small man careering down the floor and hitting chairs and vases , as if he were a bowling ball.

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    Re: Verb "career"

    1 is OK. 3 would be better with "across" instead of "down". 2 doesn't work. As you demonstrated in the other sentences "careered" needs to be followed by a preposition.

    A car careered off the road ...
    ... sent the small man careering across the floor ...

    ... the ambulances careered through/along the busy streets ...
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Verb "career"

    I expect you mean 'battered youths', Bassim.

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    Re: Verb "career"

    Rover,
    Thank you for correcting that mistakes. Of course, I meant to write "battered youths." But sometimes I am more concentrated on the proper use of a word, like in this example "career", so that I forget to write other words properly.

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    Re: Verb "career"

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I expect you mean 'battered youths', Bassim.
    Well, he did say they were drunk, so butter's not out of the realm of possibility.

    I can't speak to butter, but I can from experience say shortening (or maybe it was lard) doesn't require an ambulance, merely copious amounts of soap and hot water.

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