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    #1

    The winding road snakes through / up the mountain

    Hello

    Which one is correct?

    The village is on top of the mountain. The only way to get there is a winding dirt road that snakes up the mountain.

    The village is on top of the mountain. The only way to get there is a winding dirt road that snakes through the mountain.

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    #2

    Re: The winding road snakes through / up the mountain

    The road doesn't go through the mountain, does it?
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    #3

    Re: The winding road snakes through / up the mountain

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    The road doesn't go through the mountain, does it?
    It does if it runs through a sinuous tunnel.
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    #4

    Re: The winding road snakes through / up the mountain

    You could say the road snakes through the mountains.

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    #5

    Re: The winding road snakes through / up the mountain

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    You could say the road snakes through the mountains.
    So, is this sentence completely okay?

    The village is on top of the mountain. The only way to get there is a winding dirt road that snakes through the mountain.


    The thing is there are no tunnels on the way. It's a winding road that swirls up towards the village.

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    #6

    Re: The winding road snakes through / up the mountain

    No, we're saying it's completely not okay.

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    #7

    Re: The winding road snakes through / up the mountain

    No. If you're going to use 'mountain', you need the plural. The road snakes through the mountains - in other words, between them.

    For it to snake through the mountain, it would have to be a winding tunnel, as per post #3.

    I realize it's a subtle difference and a bit tricky to understand why it means 'between' with the plural, and 'curving inside' with the singular, but hey - English!
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    #8

    Re: The winding road snakes through / up the mountain

    How can I use "snake" as a verb to talk about a winding dirt road like this?

    https://dissolve.com/stock-photo/Win...01-D145-58-479

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    #9

    Re: The winding road snakes through / up the mountain

    Yes. (You already did, didn't you?) We use that word sometimes to describe a winding road. (Like a snake.) Of course, the road itself doesn't really go anywhere.
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    #10

    Re: The winding road snakes through / up the mountain

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    How can I use "snake" as a verb to talk about a winding dirt road like this?

    https://dissolve.com/stock-photo/Win...01-D145-58-479
    You could say that road snakes around the mountain.
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