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    folding over

    Quoted from Academy street, a novel by M. Costello,

    "Over and over she watched two planes with glinting wings fly into skyscrapers, from a sky so blue it did not look real. Then the skyscrapers buckling, collapsing, folding under."

    What is meaning of underlined words, please. Thanks.

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    Re: folding over

    As you watch film of the towers coming down, there is an impression that the lower parts don't go anywhere, but rather seem to just fold up like thin paper.

    Have you ever seen a greeting card which, as you open it, a 3D form spreads open? Then as you close it again, the 3D "solid" object just folds flat.

    That was the illusion; as the towers collapsed, they appeared to just fold down on themselves as though they were paper "folding under".

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    Re: folding over

    Note that the second sentence doesn't contain a main verb. You will be taught that this is wrong, and you should avoid the style in your own writing. Nevertheless it's perfectly OK in the hands of a careful writer.
    I am not a teacher.

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