[Grammar] Usage of spin

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daemon99

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The kid was spinning around me.

Can someone please tell me if the above sentence sounds natural? Can turn/go/whirl/circle be used in place of spin?
 

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It sounds strange to me- what exactly was the kid doing?
 

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The kid was revolving around him(say, his father).
 

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The kid was spinning around me.

Can someone please tell me if the above sentence sounds natural? Can turn/go/whirl/circle be used in place of spin?

Whirling would be clearer, although I believe I would understand you when you say spinning. Turning might work, but it is less clear and indicates a slower motion. Going doesn't indicate any spinning action at all.
 
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