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Poplar fluff and a verb

Russian Federation

Poplar fluff and a verb
Dear teachers,
Could you help me with a collocation?
What verb is usually used with poplar fluff?
Is it possible to say: poplar fluff is flying all around?
Thanks in advance. 

14 Jun 2022      


Hi Sonn!
Yes, you can use "flying" as a verb for the way poplar fluff moves, particularly in the wind.
Although we often use "flying" as a verb for the movement of animals with wings, or winged objects like aeroplanes, it can also be used to describe the movement of lightweight objects when they are falling or travelling.
However, this is usually when the objects are travelling fast.
If the poplar fluff is falling gently, say "drifting," but if it is moving quickly (maybe because itīs caught up in a gust of wild," then "flying" would be perfect.
Hope this helps! 

15 Jun 2022     

United States

I would use basically any word you would for cloud movement. So floating or drifting would also be good choices.

15 Jun 2022     

Russian Federation

Dear Holden and Douglas, thank you very much for your helpful answers! 

16 Jun 2022