Sway/ Rock/ Swing??

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Senior Member
Brazilian Portuguese
Hello amigos!:)

She swayed/rocked/swung the craddle for the baby to sleep.
The ship swayed/rocked/swung dangerously at the high sea.
My mother´s mood sways/rocks/swings according to the weather.

Could anyone point me out the difference among them?

Thanks in advance;

  • To my mind, something "sways" when the fixed point is at the base, the the arc of movement is at the top:

    The tree swayed in the wind.
    In a storm, tall buildings are known to sway.

    "Rocking" implies the same kind of movement -- that is, with a greater arc at the top -- although the fixture of the base is (in my mind, at least) not necessarily quite so firm.
    He stood in a trance, rocking back and forth from one foot to the other.

    "Swinging" implies that the fixed point is above, with the arc of movement below it:
    The acrobat swung out over the audience on the trapeze.

    Harry Batt

    Senior Member
    USA English
    HEre is a nursery rhyme, Sam. It ought to help the rock part

    Hush a bye, baby, on the tree top,
    When the wind blows the cradle will rock;
    When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall,
    Down will come baby, cradle, and all. [39
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