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    To slide or to slip

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    Which one of the above two verbs is most appropriate in the following sentence:

    I climbed up a ladder then the ladder ( slid/slipped) along the wall since the floor was wet.

    Should I be using the verb (to slip or to slide) ?

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    Re: To slide or to slip

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilles L View Post
    Dear Teacher,
    Which one of the above two verbs is most appropriate in the following sentence:

    I climbed up a ladder then the ladder ( slid/slipped) along the wall since the floor was wet.

    Should I be using the verb (to slip or to slide) ?
    In that context I would use "slid" (for an object), and "slipped" for a person.

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    Re: To slide or to slip

    Quote Originally Posted by Gilles L View Post
    Dear Teacher,
    Which one of the above two verbs is most appropriate in the following sentence:

    I climbed up a ladder then the ladder ( slid/slipped) along the wall since the floor was wet.

    Should I be using the verb (to slip or to slide) ?
    'Slide' always has some element of moving some distance. Since "along the wall" is used, then 'slide' is appropriate.
    You can slip on ice, but once you've slipped, if you keep moving, you are sliding. You can slip on ice (fall over) without sliding any distance. You can also slide along the ice without slipping (if that's what you're trying to do).

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