air was blown/air started moving

learning_grenglish

Senior Member
India
When you switched on the fan, the air was blown onto the documents and they started flying here and there.

Can I replace the emboldened parts with "air started moving" without any change in the meaning?
 
  • Pet Korun

    Member
    English - Ireland
    Air started moving would not be right; it describes a more gentle and passive action air than being blown. Therefore it doesn't fit with the idea of a fan.
     
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    Thomas Tompion

    Senior Member
    English - England
    When you switched on the fan, the air was blown onto the documents and they started flying here and there.

    Can I replace the emboldened parts with "air started moving" without any change in the meaning?
    I think you are treating the other person as a mug, LG. They can assume that the air blown by the fan displaced the documents; it's hardly rocket science. I'd say:

    When you switched on the fan, the documents started flying here and there.

    or

    When you switched on the fan, the draught blew the documents hither and thither

    or some combination of the two.
     
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