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    What does "sweeping" mean in "sweeping beach"?

    Hey :)

    Could someone enlighten me as to what a "sweeping beach" is?

    Is it a wide beach or a curvy beach or a wide and curvy beach? Or just a beach that looks really good maybe?

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    Re: What does "sweeping" mean in "sweeping beach"?

    Quote Originally Posted by AndersUlv View Post
    Hey :)
    Hello/Hi,

    Hello AndersUlv, and welcome to the forum.

    Quote Originally Posted by AndersUlv View Post
    Could someone enlighten me as to what a "sweeping beach" is?
    Is it a wide beach or a curvy beach or a wide and curvy beach, or just a beach that looks really good maybe?

    It could be any or a combination (or none) of the above! Can you describe the context, or provide a link to where you found that text please?
    Note also that I have moved your thread to the Ask a Teacher forum, because "sweeping beach" is not an idiom.

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    Re: What does "sweeping" mean in "sweeping beach"?

    Scroll down to "Sweeping - adjective" on this page. Definitions 1a and 1b fit perfectly.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does "sweeping" mean in "sweeping beach"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    fit perfectly.
    They may not. I'd still like to see the original sentence.

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    Re: What does "sweeping" mean in "sweeping beach"?

    Hello, and thank you for your replies so far. I found the expression in this sentence:

    "The Kvarner Gulf has varied shores of sweeping beaches, rocky headlands, secret coves and picturesque islands."

    I often translate travel texts, so I run into the expression a lot. I did check the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, but it gives me the impression that it can mean either curving or wide or both at the same time...

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    Re: What does "sweeping" mean in "sweeping beach"?

    Quote Originally Posted by AndersUlv View Post
    curving or wide or both at the same time...
    I would go for "wide" or "curving and wide". In future, please try to give us the complete sentence right from the start, and cite the source if you can.

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    Re: What does "sweeping" mean in "sweeping beach"?

    Both definitions 1a and 1b from that page still fit perfectly for me. The phrase "sweeping beach" is pretty common in BrE and native speakers understand it to be curved in form (definition 1b) and moving in a wide curve (definition 1a).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does "sweeping" mean in "sweeping beach"?

    Thank you very much for your replies :)

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    Re: What does "sweeping" mean in "sweeping beach"?

    @emsr2d2: so are you saying that you need a combination of both 1a and 1b to understand the meaning of "sweeping" intended here?

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    Re: What does "sweeping" mean in "sweeping beach"?

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    Thank you very much for your replies​. :)
    Please note that there is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you" to anyone. Clicking the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any useful post suffices (as you have already done).

    In addition, don't forget that every sentence must end with one appropriate punctuation mark, not an emoticon. Don't try to make your own emoticons. If you want to use one, click on the icon and choose the appropriate one.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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