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    Use of word SLIP

    The word "slip" in the following sentence sounds somewhat strange to my non-native English speaking ears: He slipped under the table. Is this correct?

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    Re: Use of word SLIP

    not a teacher

    Hi Fenoa.

    The sentence is fine but its meaning depends on context.
    We sometimes use "slip" to mean "move quickly", especially if the movement is also unnoticed.
    So "He slipped under the table" is quite natural in the way that we might say: "He slipped out the side door" or "She slipped behind the curtains before they entered the room".
    It could also mean that he slipped on something on the floor (water, grease, banana skin) and fell under the table.

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    Re: Use of word SLIP

    It sounds strange because you are more used to the meaning 'to lose balance and fall', an accidental action.
    Whereas the other meaning of slip is 'to move unnoticed' which is a deliberate action.

    not a teacher

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