San
Lv 6
San asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

Which is correct?

As he walked across the patch of wasteland, (wind / winds / the wind) blew up dust and his eyes hurt.

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  • User
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    Either "wind" or "the wind" is grammatically correct.

    "wind" - meaning something like "wind in general" or "a random gust of wind"

    "the wind" - meaning "the wind blowing at that time and place"

    Both sound perfectly natural.

    IF the story mentioned "wind" previously, then "the wind" is probably more appropriate...but not more grammatically correct.

    "Winds" sounds quite unusual but would be correct if we were talking about an ongoing occurrence, where gust of wind after gust of wind were blowing dust into his eyes over a period of time. You could similarly use "the winds".

  • 2 months ago

    'Winds' would be unusual but not actually wrong. It would be more natural to say 'the wind' or just 'wind'. Both are correct and would be understood as normal English. 'It is just my opinion but I believe 'winds' could be used in a more poetic or more richly descriptive sentence, especially if you want to say more about the winds.

  • Barry
    Lv 6
    2 months ago

    the wind                               

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