Needle

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Needle

Post by Stevenloan » Sun Aug 18, 2019 3:12 pm

Hi guys! When it comes to telling someone that a car is running out of petrol, which sentence below is more suitable?

1. The needle in the fuel gauge is approaching empty.
2. The fuel gauge's needle is approaching empty.

Thanks a lot!

StevenLoan
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Post by trolley » Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:46 pm

They both sound a bit formal. You're more likely to hear "you're almost on empty/almost on E". I don't think a native speaker would reference the needle.
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Post by Erik_Kowal » Mon Aug 19, 2019 6:15 am

"You're running on fumes".

"You're down to almost nothing [ in the tank ]".

"The fuel light is showing" (if it is).
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Re: Needle

Post by Stevenloan » Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:58 pm

trolley and Erik : Thank you both very much for your versions. They really help.

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