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    Surmounted by

    I have tried to use "surmounted by" in my sentences, but I am not sure if I have used it correctly. Would you please help me and correct my mistakes.

    1. His wrinkled face was surmounted by thick, grey hair.
    2. A hill was surmounted by an enormous concrete cross.
    3. A massive wooden door was surmounted by an intricate coat of arms.

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    Re: Surmounted by

    That might be a proper use of it, but I've never heard it used that way. Maybe they use it that way in other countries.

    Faces, hills, and coats of arms don't surmount.

    People surmount. We surmount obstacles.

    - It took the Queen years to surmount hostility to female rule.

    - The barriers to reform thrown up by Congress proved insurmountable.
    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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