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  1. Nefertiti's Avatar

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    swell/expand

    Is it OK to say the following?

    1. The sun heats up the side door of garage and makes it swell in the afternoon.

    2. The sun heats up the side door of garage and makes it expand in the afternoon.

    3. The sun heats up the side door of garage and makes it bigger in the afternoon.

    Any better suggestions?

    Thanks

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    Re: swell/expand

    No. 2 is preferred. The sun's heat is associated with thermal expansion of materials which is not visible to the naked eye.

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    Re: swell/expand

    1. The sun heats up the side door of the garage and makes it swell in the afternoon.

    2. The sun heats up the side door of the garage and makes it expand in the afternoon.

    These two are ok, but you do need the 'the' before 'garage'.

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    Re: swell/expand

    Hi, bhaisahab.

    Is it OK to say the following?

    4. The sun shines on the side door of the garage and makes it expand/swell in the afternoon.

    5. The sun shoots the side door of the garage and makes it expand/swell in the afternoon.

    6. The sun hits the side door of the garage and makes it expand/swell in the afternoon.

    Any better suggestions?

    Thanks

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    Re: swell/expand

    Quote Originally Posted by Nefertiti View Post
    Hi, bhaisahab.

    Is it OK to say the following?

    4. The sun shines on the side door of the garage and makes it expand/swell in the afternoon.

    5. The sun shoots the side door of the garage and makes it expand/swell in the afternoon.

    6. The sun hits the side door of the garage and makes it expand/swell in the afternoon.

    Any better suggestions?

    Thanks
    4. The sun shines on the side door of the garage and makes it expand/swell in the afternoon. This is good.

    5. The sun shoots the side door of the garage and makes it expand/swell in the afternoon. I have never heard of the sun 'shooting' anything.

    6. The sun hits the side door of the garage and makes it expand/swell in the afternoon. This is OK, but 4. is better.

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    Re: swell/expand

    Due to the direct exposure to the sun in the afternoon, the side door of the garage gets heated up and expands.

    - solar radiation --> heat--->expansion

    - ' the side door of the garage' becomes the subject of the sentence instead of the sun.

    You use the word 'swell' only when you talk about perceivable increase in size, no?

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    Re: swell/expand

    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    Due to the direct exposure to the sun in the afternoon, the side door of the garage gets heated up and expands.

    - solar radiation --> heat--->expansion

    - ' the side door of the garage' becomes the subject of the sentence instead of the sun.

    You use the word 'swell' only when you talk about perceivable increase in size, no?

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    It is quite usual to say in English, for example, "The door has become very difficult to open, the wood must have swollen."

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