1. marcusl
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    He/she "steered"

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by marcusl, Aug 10, 2009.

    Sometimes when I write I'll say "he/she steered around". I've found several readers who found this odd. It reminds them of a car or something. Do you guys feel the same way? I'm pretty sure I've seen it used in published works before, but I'd love to hear what you have to say. Thanks.
     
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    depends on what you're using it for... can't offer an opinion without seeing a complete sentence...

    if you're referring to something like, 'he steered around the clots of party guests, to get to the bar' then it works just fine...

    or, 'he steered around the subject, avoiding the pothole that would bring the conversation to a sudden halt'...

    but there would certainly be other uses that would not work so well, so give me a few you've used and then i can tell you if you've done it workably, or not...
     

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