In this weekly post, we bring more useful content from the Macmillan Dictionary to English language learners. In this series of language tips to accompany the Real Vocabulary theme we look at how you can expand your vocabulary in English by using different words and expressions instead of core vocabulary items.
This set of language tips explores the words and phrases we use to describe movement. This week’s tip looks at verbs that mean walk quickly or with purpose:
march to walk quickly, in an angry, confident or determined way:
- She marched up to the counter and demanded to see the manager.
- He just marched into my office and started telling me what to do.
When soldiers march, they walk in a group and they all go at exactly the same speed.
stride to walk quickly, taking big steps:
- He strode off and I had to run to keep up with him.
pace to walk up and down a small area, especially because you are impatient, nervous or worried:
- Joe was pacing up and down, checking his watch every few minutes.
strike out to walk in a particular direction in a way that shows energy and determination:
- We decided to strike out for the nearest village.
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