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    #1

    the verb and its subject

    hi,

    i wonder what is the right verb to use in the following situations:

    the plane flies?
    the spaceship ????
    the car walks/runs?
    the boat ????
    the bike ????
    the train ????

    thanks.

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    #2

    Re: the verb and its subject

    There aren't single answers to your subjects, but here are a few:

    the plane flies or taxis
    the spaceship flies or hovers
    the car drives (the car doesn't drive itself, so this is odd)
    the boat sails, motors
    the bike coasts, glides (the bike also doesn't go by itself, so this is odd)
    the train steams, rolls

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    #3

    Re: the verb and its subject

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    hi,

    i wonder what is the right verb to use in the following situations:

    the plane flies
    the spaceship moves, streaks through the atmosphere.., floats, flies
    the car runs, goes, speeds, drives
    the boat moves, sails, rides on top of the water, floats
    the bike runs, goes
    the train moves, goes, travels, runs

    thanks.
    I am sure there are more possiblities.

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    #4

    Re: the verb and its subject

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    There aren't single answers to your subjects, but here are a few:

    the plane flies or taxis
    the spaceship flies or hovers
    the car drives (the car doesn't drive itself, so this is odd)
    the boat sails, motors
    the bike coasts, glides (the bike also doesn't go by itself, so this is odd)
    the train steams, rolls

    thanks.
    i still have a little doubt.
    suppose a car is parked on a slope and there is nobody inside. then,
    by any reason, the car moves (there is a problem with the parking
    breaks, for example). the car ''moved'' by itself because it wasn't properly
    braked. in this situation, how a native would say? the car ????
    thanks.

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    #5

    Re: the verb and its subject

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    thanks.
    i still have a little doubt.
    suppose a car is parked on a slope and there is nobody inside. then,
    by any reason, the car moves (there is a problem with the parking
    breaks, for example). the car ''moved'' by itself because it wasn't properly
    braked. in this situation, how a native would say? the car ????
    thanks.
    The car rolled away.
    Last edited by buggles; 14-Mar-2008 at 00:02. Reason: lack of "bold"

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