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    what's the verb please?

    The car's wheels _______.


    What's the most natural and casual verb, please?
    spin? rotate?
    Thanks.

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    Re: what's the verb please?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    The car's wheels _______.


    What's the most natural and casual verb, please?
    spin? rotate?
    Thanks.
    It depends what context you want to put it in, how about 'turn'?

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    Re: what's the verb please?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    The car's wheels _______.


    What's the most natural and casual verb, please?
    spin? rotate?
    Thanks.
    In Canada it would be turn. Spin would be used more if someone is stuck in snow/ice,sand and not moving well.

    P.S. I see we're in agreement.

    Here when you use the word "rotate" it generally means that your tires are showing wear in certain areas, depending on your driving, and you take the vehicle into a tire shop and have them changed so the front tires now go to the back, and the inside of each tire is now on the outisde. That prolongs the life of the tires.

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    Re: what's the verb please?

    some things seem to have an inherent quality or ability.
    it's something like "airplane flies", "ice cools" or "crane lifts". the idea is to determine the verb that describes the most particular action that a thing performs.
    thanks.
    Last edited by jctgf; 08-Feb-2009 at 19:20.

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    Re: what's the verb please?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    some things seem to have an inherent quality or ability.
    it's something like "airplane flies", "ice cools" or "crane lifts". the idea is to determine the verb that describes the most particular action that a thing performs.
    Yes. Many nouns tend to pair with the same verbs over and over. Examples:
    Dogs
    bark
    bite
    growl
    fetch
    Cats
    meow
    purr
    hiss
    yowl
    Babies
    cry
    The sun
    shines

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