missed hitting//virtually hit the glacier

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jesusguime

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Chinese
The captain turned the ship just in time and missed hitting the glacier.

Hi,
Is it also good to say "... and virtually hit the glacier ..." instead of the above? Thanks.
 
  • cropje_jnr

    Senior Member
    English - Australia
    Not really. Using "virtually" in this context is a fairly conversational term, and doesn't suit the context, to my mind.

    You could certainly say, on the other hand, "and almost hit the glacier".
     

    Schmoopy

    Member
    English -England
    Yes, virtually I would consider as meaning "the ship basically hit the glacier" and you want to be clear that it just missed, so "almost" is much better for clarity.
     
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