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    #1

    curve vs bend

    Hi,

    I'd like to know the difference between these words.

    When to use each one?

    In time, are these sentences correct? I bet they're not!

    The gas station is right after the next curve/bend.

    The hijackers forced the airplane's pilot to do_a_bend/do_a_curve/take_a_turn and head to Montreal.

    Thanks a lot,
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    Re: curve vs bend

    The gas station is right after the next curve/bend. (this is a location on a street. Both words are used as a noun in this sentence. There is no difference between the two, however, Americans would use curve.)

    The hijackers forced the airplane's pilot to (your words don't apply here, planes don't take a curve or a bend, do they?) change direction or alter the flight plan, and head to Montreal.

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    Re: curve vs bend

    Hi,
    Thanks a lot.
    In Canada, the right expression would be "to take a curve"?
    In what situation can I use it?
    Thanks,
    Jc


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    Re: curve vs bend

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    Hi,
    Thanks a lot.
    In Canada, the right expression would be "to take a curve"?
    In what situation can I use it?
    Thanks,
    Jc

    He took the curve at 80 mph. How he never lost it is beyond me!

    I like to take the curves canyon driving style.

    If I'm really lucky I just may get to take the curves home. [okay, okay it has a different meaning.]

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    Re: curve vs bend

    Hi jctgf,

    There are further words concerning the matter in question:

    bend [countable]
    1 a curved part of something, especially a road or river:
    The car came round the bend at a terrifying speed.
    bend in
    a sharp bend in the road

    curve [countable]
    a bend in a road, river etc:
    The car took the curve much too quickly.

    To take a bend.
    To take a corner.
    To corner.
    To turn to the right.
    To turn to the left.
    To take a sharp bend.
    To corner sharply.
    The car swung round.
    To curve sharply.
    To curve to the right.
    To curve to the left.
    First turning on right.
    U-turn.
    Before making a U-turn, failing to stop or signal left turn as required, or
    insisting to make a U-turn without paying attention to vehicles or pedestrians
    He took this curve which had a 25 MPH sign doing about 50-60 mph and then ...
    He took the curve in front. of the Tri-Delt house so fast the swing axles folded..
    A warning sign there suggests 30 mph before the curve
    I took a curve at probably 95 MPH.
    Tropical Storm 6G made a curve to the northeast and threatened Japan,..

    Aircraft
    Ailerons are mounted on the trailing edge of each wing near the wingtips, and move in opposite directions. When the pilot moves the stick left, or turns the wheel counter-clockwise, the left aileron goes up and the right aileron goes down. A raised aileron reduces lift on that wing and a lowered one increases lift, so moving the stick left causes the left wing to drop and the right wing to rise. This causes the plane to bank left and begin to turn to the left. Centering the stick returns the ailerons to neutral maintaining the bank angle. The plane will continue to turn until opposite aileron motion returns the bank angle to zero to fly straight.

    The rudder is typically mounted on the back edge of the fin in the empennage. When the pilot pushes the left pedal, the rudder deflects left. Pushing the right pedal causes the rudder to deflect right. Deflecting the rudder right pushes the tail left and causes the nose to yaw right. Centering the rudder pedals returns the rudder to neutral and stops the yaw.

    yaw = to turn about the vertical axis. Used of an aircraft, spacecraft, or projectile.
    To turn aside sharply from a straight course.

    The jet yawed sharply to the right.

    Regards.

    V.

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    Re: curve vs bend

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Hi jctgf,

    There are further words concerning the matter in question:

    bend [countable]
    1 a curved part of something, especially a road or river:
    The car came round the bend at a terrifying speed.
    bend in
    a sharp bend in the road

    curve [countable]
    a bend in a road, river etc:
    The car took the curve much too quickly.

    To take a bend.
    To take a corner.
    To corner.
    To turn to the right.
    To turn to the left.
    To take a sharp bend.
    To corner sharply.
    The car swung round.
    To curve sharply.
    To curve to the right.
    To curve to the left.
    First turning on right.
    U-turn.
    Before making a U-turn, failing to stop or signal left turn as required, or
    insisting to make a U-turn without paying attention to vehicles or pedestrians
    He took this curve which had a 25 MPH sign doing about 50-60 mph and then ...
    He took the curve in front. of the Tri-Delt house so fast the swing axles folded..
    A warning sign there suggests 30 mph before the curve
    I took a curve at probably 95 MPH.
    Tropical Storm 6G made a curve to the northeast and threatened Japan,..

    Aircraft
    Ailerons are mounted on the trailing edge of each wing near the wingtips, and move in opposite directions. When the pilot moves the stick left, or turns the wheel counter-clockwise, the left aileron goes up and the right aileron goes down. A raised aileron reduces lift on that wing and a lowered one increases lift, so moving the stick left causes the left wing to drop and the right wing to rise. This causes the plane to bank left and begin to turn to the left. Centering the stick returns the ailerons to neutral maintaining the bank angle. The plane will continue to turn until opposite aileron motion returns the bank angle to zero to fly straight.

    The rudder is typically mounted on the back edge of the fin in the empennage. When the pilot pushes the left pedal, the rudder deflects left. Pushing the right pedal causes the rudder to deflect right. Deflecting the rudder right pushes the tail left and causes the nose to yaw right. Centering the rudder pedals returns the rudder to neutral and stops the yaw.

    yaw = to turn about the vertical axis. Used of an aircraft, spacecraft, or projectile.
    To turn aside sharply from a straight course.

    The jet yawed sharply to the right.

    Regards.

    V.
    Hi,

    It seems to me that, in English, a curve is something that must exist physically on the ground.
    An airplane cannot take a curve when itís airborne, but it can take a curve when itís landed and heading from the runway to the airport arrival gate or the other way round.
    A car can always take a curve because itís on the floor.
    A boat can never take a curve for reasons similar to the airplane.
    I am right?
    Thanks,
    jc

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