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    slap and smash

    I found one of the meaning of smash is quite close to that of slap in a online Thesaurus dictionary.

    1. Are slap and smash interchangeable?

    2. There is an example in the dictionary:

    eg He slapped in her face.

    Why do we say in but not on?


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    Re: slap and smash

    In no way are slap and smash interchangeable. Which thesaurus did you find this in?

    He slapped in her face is not a natural sentence. Which dictionary did you find that in?

    You can say 'He smashed her in the face [with his fist]' and 'He slapped her face [with the palm of his open hand]'.

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    #3

    Re: slap and smash

    A thesaurus is not - and as far as I know, never has been - a collection of lists of words that are interchangeable.

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    #4

    Re: slap and smash

    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi Ju,

    A thesaurus is a dictionary organized to supply alternative words rather than to offer analytical explanations of what words mean.
    Probably, you mean slap = smack.

    I’ll smack you one.
    I get a smack in the face.

    I’ll slap you in the face.
    I get a slap in the face.

    Ref: The BBI Combinatory Dictionary of English


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    Last edited by vil; 02-Aug-2011 at 15:38.

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    Re: slap and smash

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    Probably, you mean slap = smack..
    But slap and smack are often not interchangeable.

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    #6

    Re: slap and smash

    A thesaurus is a dictionary organized to supply alternative words
    It provides similar words. Not all words listed are interchangeable.

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    Re: slap and smash

    Quote Originally Posted by vil View Post
    I'm not a teacher.

    Hi Ju,

    A thesaurus is a dictionary organized to supply alternative words rather than to offer analytical explanations of what words mean.


    Probably, you mean slap = smack.

    Iíll smack you one.
    I get a smack in the face.

    Iíll slap you in the face.
    I get a slap in the face.

    Ref: The BBI Combinatory Dictionary of English


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    Oh, I misunderstood alternative meant interchangeable.
    For your examples :
    1. I get a smack in the face.
    2. Iíll slap you in the face.
    3. I get a slap in the face.
    Why do you say in the face which I thought it should be on the face?


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    Re: slap and smash

    Quote Originally Posted by Ju View Post
    Why do you say in the face which I thought it should be on the face?
    That just happens to be the preposition we normally use.

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    #9

    Re: slap and smash

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    That just happens to be the preposition we normally use.
    Thank you very much.

    1. Still remember for all schoolmates during my school time,, there's a textbook of English preposition we carried all the time that we all felt very difficult and tired to remember as there are number of situations which are unexplainable.

    Do you think it's still the best way to polish the usage of preposition by purely remembering by heart?

    2. Is my above writing correct?

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    Re: slap and smash

    If you smash someone in the face, you hit them very hard, possibly with your fist or a weapon.

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