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    when headlights catch something

    What can I say about this dog in the picture?

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    I was walking in the darkness a saw a dog ...

    I know I can say "silhouetted against the headlights" or "caught in the headlights" but I want to know other ways of expressing it.

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    Re: when headlights catch something

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    What can I say about this dog in the picture?

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    I was walking in the darkness and saw a dog ...

    I know I can say "silhouetted against the headlights" or "caught in the headlights" but I want to know other ways of expressing it.
    You're walking, so: What headlights? Anyhow:

    . . . in the headlights.

    . . . caught in the headlights' glare.

    . . . lit up by the headlights.
    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: when headlights catch something

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie Bernstein View Post
    You're walking, so: What headlights? Anyhow:

    . . . in the headlights.

    . . . caught in the headlights' glare.

    . . . lit up by the headlights.
    The dog in the photo was caught in the headlights. I was picturing what it would be like if I saw this from the point of the view of the person who took the photo/video.

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    Re: when headlights catch something

    Quote Originally Posted by alpacinoutd View Post
    The dog in the photo was caught in the headlights. I was picturing what it would be like if I saw this from the point of the view of the person who took the photo/video.
    Using the confuses it because you don't said what headlights. It was caught in the glare of headlights.
    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: when headlights catch something

    silhouette?

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    Re: when headlights catch something

    You see the silhouette of a dog against a headlight at a distance.
    I am not a teacher or a native speaker.

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