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    Question Correct verb to denote a specific gesture

    Hello

    I would like to know what is the most correct sentence to describe what the monkey is doing in the image below:
    http://i.imgur.com/hlcE8sr.gif

    Is it correct to say it is "whacking with a piece of wood"? Or "beating with", "striking with" a piece of wood?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Correct verb to denote a specific gesture

    Quote Originally Posted by ri_ri View Post
    Hello

    I would like to know what is the most correct sentence to describe what the monkey is doing in the image below:
    http://i.imgur.com/hlcE8sr.gif

    Is it correct to say it is "whacking with a piece of wood"? Or "beating with", "striking with" a piece of wood?

    Thanks!
    It is hitting something with a piece of wood. You could also use "whacking" and "striking", but "hitting" is what I would use.

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    Default Re: Correct verb to denote a specific gesture

    I'd use hitting too- whacking doesn't work as well here where it is using the wood as a tool, not striking it more randomly.

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    Talking Re: Correct verb to denote a specific gesture

    Ok, thanks!!!

    Additionally, is it always necessary to include the object which is being hit after the verb "hitting"? I mean:
    It is hitting a stone with a piece of wood

    Or can I just say
    It is hitting with a piece of wood.

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Correct verb to denote a specific gesture

    Say a stone- it's the object of the verb.

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    Default Re: Correct verb to denote a specific gesture

    Got it! Thank you!

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    Default Re: Correct verb to denote a specific gesture

    Quote Originally Posted by ri_ri View Post
    Ok, thanks!!!

    Additionally, is it always necessary to include the object which is being hit after the verb "hitting"? I mean:
    It is hitting a stone with a piece of wood

    Or can I just say
    It is hitting with a piece of wood.

    Thanks!
    It is difficult to say for sure from the clip, but I doubt that the monkey is hitting a stone. What would be the purpose? My guess is the dark object is some sort of nut that the monkey is trying to break open.

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    Default Re: Correct verb to denote a specific gesture

    By the way, it's not a monkey it's an ape.

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    Default Re: Correct verb to denote a specific gesture

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    By the way, it's not a monkey it's an ape.
    Good point.

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    Default Re: Correct verb to denote a specific gesture

    Quote Originally Posted by ri_ri View Post
    Hello

    I would like to know what is the most correct sentence to describe what the monkey is doing in the image below:
    http://i.imgur.com/hlcE8sr.gif

    Nobody's suggested my favoured word yet: the animal is pounding the rock.

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