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    city's skyline into the sky

    Hello.

    Can I say a city's "skyline soars into the sky"?

    What do you think about this sentence?

    The city's luminous skyline soars into the always grey / sullen sky above the city.

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    Re: city's skyline into the sky

    I wouldn't use sky twice that close together.

    I mean, of course the skyline soars into the sky. Where else would it soar?
    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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    Re: city's skyline into the sky

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    I wouldn't use sky twice that close together.

    I mean, of course the skyline soars into the sky. Where else would it soar?
    So, how do I talk about a city's skyline?

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    Re: city's skyline into the sky

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    So, how do I talk about a city's skyline?
    Any way you want to. It's up to you.
    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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    Re: city's skyline into the sky

    The skyline is the outline of the land and building against the sky, and that is static. I think it is the buildings which appear to soar into the sky especially as new and taller ones are being built. That's why they are called skyscrapers.
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    Re: city's skyline into the sky

    I can't imagine a skyline "soaring". How about "contrasts strikingly with...."

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    Re: city's skyline into the sky

    Of course, a skyline doesn't really do anything. But a viewer's eyes tend to move upward (into the sky).
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    Re: city's skyline into the sky

    Quote Originally Posted by Yankee View Post
    I can't imagine a skyline "soaring". How about "contrasts strikingly with...."
    What do you think about this?

    The city's luminous skyline contrasts strikingly with the always sullen sky above the city.


    But sky is again repeated twice.

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    Re: city's skyline into the sky

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    What do you think about this?

    The city's luminous skyline contrasts strikingly with the always sullen sky above the city.


    But sky is again repeated twice.
    Not exactly. In fact "sky" is only repeated once if you count "skyline" as its first appearance.

    Clever personification!
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    Re: city's skyline into the sky

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Not exactly. In fact "sky" is only repeated once if you count "skyline" as its first appearance.

    Clever personification!
    So, what do you think about the sentence?

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