Overworked words – went
Go and went are not the only words used to refer to movements. There are plenty of others too with slightly different shades of meaning.
Rewrite each of the following sentences using a word from the box in place of the one in brackets.
[stormed, travelled, bolted, hopped, crawled, charged]
1. The angry bull went across the paddock.
2. The kangaroo went across the road.
3. We went in a large paddle steamer.
4. Frightened by the noise, the horse suddenly (went) up the hill.
5. Feeling annoyed, the speaker (went) from the hall.
1. The angry bull charged across the paddock.
2. The kangaroo hopped across the road.
3. We traveled in a large paddle steamer.
4. Frightened by the noise, the horse suddenly bolted up the hill.
5. Feeling annoyed, the speaker stormed from the hall.
To charge – sudden and violent attack at high speed
To hop – jump with one foot; jump forward on both feet; travel by airplane
We are hoping to Chicago for the convention.
To bolt – run away suddenly and unexpectedly
The horse bolted.
The servant bolted with his master’s money.
To storm – force a way into / out of a building
Police stormed into the shop and freed the captives.