When water moves easily from one place to another, it "flows." This word can also be used for the movement of traffic, information, and people.

  • The water in this river flows south. river
  • The water in the toilet flowed very slowly until we had a plumber fix it.
  • Water flowed into many homes during the flood.
  • The Mississippi River flows into the the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Electricity flows through wires.
  • The flow of traffic came to a stop because of an accident. (This sentence uses the word "flow" as a noun.)
  • The flow of water from a faucet can be controlled by adjusting a handle.
  • Information flows through the internet very quickly.
  • The flow of immigration into the United States has been reduced in recent years. (This sentence is in the passive voice.)

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Published March 5, 2012