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    Default what is meant by "slipped out''?

    please help me with this. i'm writing an article based on personal experience. i'm narrating an event where a picture i kept in my diary suddenly came out of it. the world i could think of to describe it was "the picture slipped out of it". but the dictionary meaning of "slip out" is something like making a mistake. so i'm not sure if i should use this word or is there a better word to describe it?

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    Default Re: what is meant by "slipped out''?

    [AmE - not a teacher]

    I think your sentence is fine. "The picture slipped out of my diary." That makes sense to me. Maybe the definition you're seeing is "slip up"? That means to make a mistake. "My teacher asked me to be quiet, but I slipped up and blurted out the answer."

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    Default Re: what is meant by "slipped out''?

    Quote Originally Posted by FarhatAlam View Post
    Please help me with this. I'm writing an article based on personal experience. I'm narrating an event where a picture I kept in my diary suddenly came out of it. The worldway I could think of to describe it was "the picture slipped out of it" but the dictionary meaning of "slip out" is something like making a mistake so I'm not sure if I should use this word or is there a better word to describe it?
    Please look at my amendments in red above. If you are writing an article in English, you need to concentrate on your use of capital letters.

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - Always capitalise the word "I" (first person singular).

    I agree with Bob that "slipped out" is fine. You could also use "fell out". They both indicate that the picture accidentally came out of your diary.

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    Default Re: what is meant by "slipped out''?

    Quote Originally Posted by FarhatAlam View Post
    please help me with this. i'm writing an article based on personal experience. i'm narrating an event where a picture i kept in my diary suddenly came out of it. the world i could think of to describe it was "the picture slipped out of it". but the dictionary meaning of "slip out" is something like making a mistake. so i'm not sure if i should use this word or is there a better word to describe it?
    Figuratively, "slip out" can mean that. "I didn't mean to call you a big hairy gorilla. It just slipped out. (The words just slipped out of my mouth)"
    It would be strange for a dictionary to give that as the primary meaning of "slip out" though.

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    Default Re: what is meant by "slipped out''?

    I'm sorry I'm replying so late. I was seriously ill and I underwent an operation weeks ago. Thanks for your help.

    I am sorry emsr2d2,I did not use proper capitalization. I was in a hurry, that should not be an excuse though.

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    Default Re: what is meant by "slipped out''?

    Hope you are feeling better now.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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