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San asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

Which word is correct?

When you push the button of the laser pointer, a beam of red light will shoot (forth / forward).


4 Answers

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago
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    If I were writing an instruction manual I would write "when the button is pushed the laser pointer will emit a red beam of light" and possibly describe which end the beam will emit from (example, see figure 2a) to prevent people from blinding themselves because the general public is very stupid sometimes.

    Now, if I were talking among friends I would actually say "shoot forth" because I love words and am often playful with them.  "Forth" has a slightly archaic (old-fashioned) tone which I would use because when I see a laser pointer I think of light sabres and "forth" is a word that goes well with descriptions of using swords.  This would amuse us greatly as we all love films with sword fights.

    If I were writing an action novel I would use "shoot out."  

    "Forward" is not a word I would use at all with regard to light.

  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    When you push the button on the laser pointer, it emits a red beam of light.

  • 2 months ago

    Both are correct, but 'forward' is more regular.

  • 2 months ago

    Shine forward would be better. Forth is archaic.

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