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    Usage of "teem with sth"

    Hi! I am wondering whether the following usage of "teem with" is correct. According to Cambridge dictionary, "teem with" always associate with animals or people.

    smokestack factories spew toxins into the air… rivers teem with sewage.
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    teem with sth phrasal verb
    to contain large numbers of animals or people:
    The mall was teeming with shoppers that Saturday
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    Re: Usage of "teem with sth"

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi! I am wondering whether the following usage of "teem with" is correct. According to Cambridge dictionary, "teem with" always associate with animals or people.

    An except from Cambridge Dictionary.


    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    Yes.You are right,daffodils.
    Teeming with people/living things.
    A drop of rain water teems with bacteria.
    But this will interst you.
    Haiti's urban slums teem with garbages,sewage and people.(Google search)
    .'Team with' is followed by nonliving and living things.

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    rj1948.

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    Re: Usage of "teem with sth"

    Hi rj1948,

    Thank you for your response.

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