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Common BirdPlay
Sparrows are widespread, so the term might symbolize something ordinary or common. SlideIn his paintings, the sparrow represents everyday life.
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Literal UsePlay
Generally, 'sparrow' refers specifically to the bird and not other types of birds. SlideI saw a sparrow, not a finch, in the garden.
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Avoid ConfusionPlay
Don't confuse 'sparrow' with similar small birds; 'sparrow' is a specific type. SlideThe sparrow we spotted was not a swallow, though they both are small.