Diction Exercise (208)
The following sentences all require a verb meaning "to walk" or "to move." Choose the most appropriate verb for the context.
Answers and Explanations
1. The wounded pirate staggered towards the shelter of the cave.
The choice of staggered suggests weakness; strode has the connotation of strength and confidence.
2. A small beetle quickly scurried under the nearest flagstone.
Because the beetle is moving quickly, scurried is the better choice; although one could endeavor to crawl quickly, the word crawl suggests a slow means of locomotion.
3. We watched as the cheerful little girl skipped to the candy shop.
The word skipped is a word associated with children, especially those in a cheerful mood. Trotted suggests a more controlled, steady gait, like that of a horse.
4. The tall heavy wrestler lumbered towards the dressing rooms.
The word lumbered suggests a heavy, ungainly walk; ambled conveys a leisurely stroll with no set purpose.
5. Crowds of sightseers flocked to the Tower of London that warm spring day.
People out for a day of entertainment, especially tourists, move about in undisciplined groups, like flocks of chickens. Marched has a disciplined, purposeful connotation.