Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. nouamaneer's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Morocco
      • Current Location:
      • Tenerife

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 99
    #1

    Verb needed

    Hi all,

    I need a verb that is a bit ignored in English and especially for us non-native speakers. I'll herein give you the meaning and give me thee verb if you you know it.

    When you use two fingers to hurt a kid. Used esp by mums.

    Thanks,

  2. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,218
    #2

    Re: Verb needed

    I have never pinched my children in my life, nor did my mother ever pinch me.

    I can't give you more than that one verb. If you think there are two others, I'll be happy to hear them.
    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.

  3. nouamaneer's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Arabic
      • Home Country:
      • Morocco
      • Current Location:
      • Tenerife

    • Join Date: Jan 2011
    • Posts: 99
    #3

    Re: Verb needed

    Thanks and happy to see you have never pinched your children. Your answer helped me to fin another. It's: to nip. It has got the same meaning as to pinch.

    Thanks again,

  4. Barb_D's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • American English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Mar 2007
    • Posts: 19,218
    #4

    Re: Verb needed

    "Nip" is not use that way in the US, as a synonym of "to pinch with your fingers."

    An exception is the cliche "nip it in the bud."

    It's used for a small animal bite -- Did my dog bite you? My God! // Oh, no, it was just a little nip while I was handing him his dog biscuit. He got too enthusiastic.

    We do say "Pinch me! I must be dreaming" but never would we say "Nip me! I must be dreaming."

    It's often a noun meaning a small, perhaps secretive sip of alcohol, or a feeling of cold (There' s a nip in the air.)
    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.

  5. FreeToyInside's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • China

    • Join Date: May 2012
    • Posts: 222
    #5

    Re: Verb needed

    Well, this verb is more used to express adjusting something trying to fix it, but 'to tweak' works here for pinching also

    It can be a verb or a noun, as in "he gave my ear a tweak," or "he tweaked my ear."

    Also I think it's a funny sounding word. I like it.


    (not a teacher, just a language lover)

Similar Threads

  1. Auxiliary Verb Correction Needed
    By Unregistered in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Jan-2008, 00:42
  2. A suitable verb is needed
    By snade17 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-May-2007, 17:52
  3. singular or plural verb needed?
    By kohyoongliat in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 11-Mar-2007, 11:54
  4. Verb(s) needed
    By Nordic Bill in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 21-Oct-2005, 14:32
  5. Verb needed
    By Bill Jensen in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 09-Aug-2005, 04:50

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •