I need fly/flying power


You want to fly and need magic power for that.

Which sentence would be approriate?

  1. I need flying power.
  2. I need fly power.

Joe Kim

Posted 2015-07-14T05:45:12.097

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1You need the power to fly. – StoneyB on hiatus – 2015-07-14T06:13:55.607

Thank you. What if you are refering to the type of power, which power would be? – Joe Kim – 2015-07-14T06:16:29.647

I beg your pardon, I don't understand what you are asking. – StoneyB on hiatus – 2015-07-14T06:24:31.517

1Is this in relation to a game? If it is then it's probably "I need flying power" but be aware that while it is common usage in gaming it's not something that would normally be used in written or conversational English – PerryW – 2015-07-14T07:03:30.407

1@StoneyB I think I got what OP meant, but I don't have the answer :-( I need your help. Say if a man has a power of invisibility, the man can become invisible whenever he wishes. So OP is asking what is the name of the power that enables one to fly. Is it "the power of flying"? Please help here. – Man_From_India – 2015-07-14T07:10:58.007

2These should work: I need the/more (magic) power for flying. I need the/more (magic) power to fly. I need the/more (magic) power of flight. If Fly/Flying/Flight Power is a proper name in your game, then these should work too: I need Fly/Flying/Flight Power or if it's a spell: I need the spell of Fly/Flying/Flight Power. – Damkerng T. – 2015-07-14T13:57:33.610

Thank you everyone. This isn't related to a game but Man from india got what I was looking for. – Joe Kim – 2015-07-14T17:37:11.297

Thank you everyone. This isn't related to a game, and Man from india got what I was looking for, but @PerryW and Damkerng, how could this language work for gaming but not for regular conversation? So, with your game in front, you woukd understand intantly, but as soon as you leave the screen, you would scrach your head for the meaning? – Joe Kim – 2015-07-14T17:46:54.797

@Joe Kim Like many special interest groups, specialities and sub-cultures, games have developed domain specific usages - you have 'power-ups' that grant bonuses when the player achieves a goal, these may be increases in existing attributes or new powers - this is where you will hear terms like "you have earned the flying power". I don’t think I've heard this compound noun form used outside of games - as has been pointed out already, in normal conversation you would most likely 'get the power of flight' or 'the power to fly' – PerryW – 2015-07-15T00:10:42.283



Neither works.

I need the power to fly.

Although, a better sentence would be

I need the power of flight.


Posted 2015-07-14T05:45:12.097

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