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    went over a couple of rumble strips



    While on a car:

    Why did the car just vibrated? What did we just run over?

    We just ran over a couple of rumble strips.

    Does using just vibrated to describe what happened sound natural?

    Do we run over rumble strips?

    Do you call it "a couple of" rumble strips?
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    Re: went over a couple of rumble strips

    While in a car:

    Why did the car just now vibrate? What did we run over?

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    Re: went over a couple of rumble strips

    You don't go over a couple of rumble strips
    They are placed in bunches. They are there to alert drivers that they are crossing the median, going off the road, or approaching a stop sign.

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    Re: went over a couple of rumble strips

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    While in a car:

    Why did the car just now vibrate?
    I was actually going for Why did the car just vibrate, but then changed it when I couldn't find a satisfactory sentence on Fraze.it for just vibrate.

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    Re: went over a couple of rumble strips

    "Why did the car just vibrate?" might mean it should also be doing something else, with "just" having the meaning of "only" in this case. (What else it might be doing I don't even want to think about.)
    Last edited by Tarheel; 10-May-2016 at 00:02. Reason: Correct faulty text

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    Re: went over a couple of rumble strips

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post

    While in a car:

    Why did the car just vibrate? What did we just run over?

    We just ran over a rumble strip.

    Does using just vibrated to describe what happened sound natural? Yes.

    Do we run over rumble strips? Yes.

    Do you call it "a couple of" rumble strips? No.
    It's singular. "Strip" refers to the entire row of bumps.
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    Re: went over a couple of rumble strips

    I got my information from a New Zealand website. Because I didn't know anything about rumble strips, I looked it up. I learned a lot about rumble strips at that site. I learned what rumble strips are for and where rumble strips are placed.

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    Re: went over a couple of rumble strips

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    "Why did the car just vibrate?" might mean it should also be doing something else, with "just" having the meaning of "only" in this case. (What else it might be doing I don't even want to think about.)
    That would depend on tone and emphasis.

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    Re: went over a couple of rumble strips

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I got my information from a New Zealand website. Because I didn't know anything about rumble strips, I looked it up. I learned a lot about rumble strips at that site. I learned what rumble strips are for and where rumble strips are placed.
    You must not be in a part of the US with toll booths. They tend to put them on the approach to toll booths so people don't totally miss the signs and crash into them.

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    Re: went over a couple of rumble strips

    For me, "Why did the car just now vibrate?" is very unnatural. I'd use "Why did the car just vibrate?" or "Why did the car vibrate just now?"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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