Sway or Swing?

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Reza Kabiri

Senior Member
Persian(Farsi)_Turkish
Dear friends
I would like to know that if the word Swing could be a substitution for the word Sway in below sentence.
A drunk was standing in the middle of the street, swaying uncertainly and trying hard to stay upright.
Thanks
 
  • PaulQ

    Senior Member
    UK
    English - England
    No. If you swing (intransitive), you are usually suspended from something and above the ground. "The monkeys swung through the trees" "The pendulum swings slowly"

    If you sway, you pivot, usually, from either the top or the bottom. "The trees swayed in the breeze." "A drunk was standing in the middle of the street, swaying uncertainly."
     
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