Mariela asked the difference between bump and collide.
My response to questions like this is to point people to concordancers.
There are several at Tom Cobb's Compleat Lexical Tutor
and one that I frequently use is the one out of Hong
Kong, simple search in English:
Here you set search string EQUAL to 'collide' and select a Corpus of text
likely to contain your word. Why not select several? One after another.
Try setting the search string to STARTS WITH 'colli' in the Brown corpus and
you get collided and collision and also Collins, etc. There are some good
examples here, 'collision course' 'devastating collisions'. Hard to imagine
Another one you can try is a simple Google search on 'collide' and 'bump'.
You get all kinds of results, song lyrics, YouTube videos, but enough to
give you a sense of the difference.
I have a page on concordancing and text analysis in general here:
There's an excellent all you wanted to know about concordance at Graham
Davies's ICT4LT site:
ps Is it really necessary to apologize for cross posting? :-)
----- Original Message -----
From: "Mariela Martin" <thebeauty29@...>
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 2010 5:41 AM
Subject: Re: [learningwithcomputers] I need some help!
Thank you, Holly!!
Your answer has been a great help to me!!
gentle physical nudge, tender tap, tap, bump, crash, collide -- all of these
involve the contact between two objects, but differ in degree or violence
involved in the contact.
I look forward to others' replies,