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Is there difference in meaning between sweep through&fly through? For example, what's the difference between the following sentences? Swallows swooped through the fragrant evening air. Swallows flew through the fragrant evening air.
Sep 17, 2012 4:25 AM
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There's not much difference, except for the trajectory. A swoop means the bird flies down, then arcs up. A flight implies a straight trajectory (maybe). This is not related to the word "sweep". The difference here (and you'll use sweep/fly figuratively) is that "sweep" affects the surroundings, and "fly" doesn't.
September 17, 2012
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