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How can I say something like this:

It was getting dark. They suddenly understood the danger they were going to face. They ...... trying.

Or

After the incident, different agencies .... to offer a practical solution.

I don't want to use words like started or began. In our language, we have something like: to fall into scrambling or put into trying Or somehow become like a boiling water to do sth. Sorry if these don't make sense.

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    The word "rush" comes to mind. Also, I think this helps you a lot, "to make a rash decision" ... adj. The definition of rash is something done or said too fast. An example of rash used as an adjective is a rash decision, a decision made without any consideration of the consequences. – M K Jan 27 '17 at 9:53
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    Scrambled would work well in the second sentence. – user42526 Jan 27 '17 at 11:01
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Frantically

done in a hurried way and in a state of excitement or confusion: I've been working frantically all week to get it finished on time. I got home to find Lara frantically searching for her keys.

  • Thanks for your reply, but no. – Sir Meysam Ferguson Jan 27 '17 at 9:27
  • Can you extend your examples to give verbose examples (fill in the ...'s) – Ben Jan 27 '17 at 9:29
  • For example: It was getting dark. They suddenly understood the danger they were going to face. They 'Trying Suddenly' trying. Would not make sense. Can you think of an example that would make sense, even if it is not the word(s) you are looking for – Ben Jan 27 '17 at 9:30
  • After the incident, different agencies fell into trying to offer a practical solution OR It was getting dark. They suddenly understood the danger they were going to face. They forced into trying. – Sir Meysam Ferguson Jan 27 '17 at 9:38
  • What about they became trying. BTW, I'm really sorry for my silly examples. It seems that I'm not able to find a similar equivalent example even – Sir Meysam Ferguson Jan 27 '17 at 10:17
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For the first example, I would consider something like found themselves. Like so:

It was getting dark. They suddenly understood the danger they were going to face. They found themselves trying to escape... (or whatever)

This works best when a situation (or awareness of a situation) suddenly comes to the forefront and one acts on it before they even realize it, figuratively speaking.


For the second example, James P suggested scrambled in a comment above, which works well, IMO. Similarly, hurried or rushed makes sense.

Or a couple of different notions: deigned, arose and managed.

After the incident, different agencies deigned to offer a practical solution.

...different agencies arose to offer a practical solution.

...different agencies managed to offer a practical solution.

All infer different meanings, so it depends on your ultimate intention.

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