Say, I am standing in front of a mirror and I move, my reflection will move accordingly.


I see my shadow on the wall and when I move, it moves accordingly.

Is it correct to say "My reflection/shadow moves in tandem with me" in casual/everyday conversation?

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No, that sounds too wordy for everyday speech. Besides, the usage is not quite right; "move in tandem" means to work together but not necessarily to do the exact same motions as someone else.

I would use the verb mirror:

My reflection mirrors my actions.

  • Can "to mirror" be used with "shadow"?
    – Tom
    Oct 20, 2021 at 15:55
  • Yeah, I would say it can. "To mirror" and "to shadow" have (depending on context) almost identical meanings, so you can interchange them to avoid sounding redundant.
    – randomhead
    Oct 20, 2021 at 16:27

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