A stream of mist is blowing(blow) out of the spout

ridgemao

Senior Member
Chinese - Mandarin
Hello:

In this picture (link2), there is an ultrasonic humidifier blowing out a stream of mist.

Can I say the following sentence here?

A stream of mist is blowing out of the spout?

(I am not sure whether I can say "a stream of mist" here)

Thanks.
 
  • ridgemao

    Senior Member
    Chinese - Mandarin
    1, A stream of mist is blowing out of the spout.
    2, The humidifier blows a stream of mist.


    Can I use "blow" in the above two sentences? Does it sound a little weird when I use "blow" to describe an instrument instead of a person?



    Thank you.
     

    Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    "Blows" doesn't seem right to me. I'd use either emits or releases. What do you think? If you don't know these words, look them up in the WR dictionary (enter in the box at the top of the page). Does one of them seem right to you?
     

    LeVoilà

    Member
    English - U.S.
    There's no problem with instruments that blow; the fan in my computer is blowing hot air right now.

    You can also use the present continuous tense in the passive voice;

    A stream of mist is being blown into the air by the humidifier.

    Expel works, too. And since it's water, spray would also be fine.
     

    LeVoilà

    Member
    English - U.S.
    Parla,

    "Blows" sounded weird to me at first, too.

    Had to keep running it through my head and eventually it made sense..

    I think "blow" works and sounds better in the present continuous.
     
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