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    Verb "pinch".

    Here a few sentences in which I have used the verb "pinch". Would you please correct my mistakes.

    1. A man pinched Anna's cheek, and she screamed and told him if he did it again, she would call the police.
    2. Marina's shoes pinched her terribly, and she had to take them off and walked on barefoot.
    3. A woman pinched her nose before diving into the water.
    4. The old man could hardly speak, feeling as if someone was pinching his throat.

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    Re: Verb "pinch".

    The uses of pinch are OK, but:

    1 A bit of a clumsy sentence, with those two ands. You could make the first clause temporal (using 'When' or 'After', or some such preposition). Alternatively, make it into two sentences.
    2 The 'her' is unnecessary; they could hardly pinch someone else. 'Her shoes pinched terribly...' would be fine.
    3 I find the 'A' a bit surprising. In most contexts, 'the' would be right.
    4 'Pinching someone's throat' is a bit unnatural: the pincher would take a fold of flesh between thumb and forefinger. I don't think that's what you mean! Did the man feel as if he was being strangled?

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    Re: Verb "pinch".

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Here a few sentences in which I have used the verb "pinch". Would you please correct my mistakes.

    1. A man pinched Anna's cheek, and she screamed and told him (that) if he did it again, she would call the police.
    2. Marina's shoes pinched her terribly, and she had to take them off and walk ed on barefoot.
    3. A woman pinched her nose before diving into the water.
    4. The old man could hardly speak, feeling as if someone was pinching his throat.
    #4 is grammatical but unnatural.

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    Re: Verb "pinch".

    Bobk,
    I meant to say that he felt as if he was being strangled. But probably my sentence does not sound natural.
    Last edited by Bassim; 14-Nov-2015 at 17:50.

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    #5

    Re: Verb "pinch".

    How about squeezing his throat? It's better than pinching for me, because the fingers have to be close together to pinch.

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    #6

    Re: Verb "pinch".

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    2. Marina's shoes pinched her terribly, and she had to take them off and walked on barefoot.
    I am not a teacher.

    I would say, 'walk barefoot' or even 'walk barefooted', not 'walk on barefoot'.

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    #7

    Re: Verb "pinch".

    I took it to be "walked on" (continued walking) + "barefoot".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #8

    Re: Verb "pinch".

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    She had to take them off and walked on barefoot.
    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Bassim:

    Your sentence was corrected in post #3.

    I just wanted to expand on the reason in case some learners asked "Why?"

    I have noticed that even some native speakers make the same mistake.

    I believe that it is a matter of parallelism. That is, both sides of something need to be in balance.

    "She had to take them off and to walk barefoot."

    (As the teacher showed us, the second "to" is optional.)

    As you can see, the infinitive "(to) walk" is necessary in order to match the infinitive "to take."
    Last edited by TheParser; 15-Nov-2015 at 21:00.

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    Re: Verb "pinch".

    TheParser,
    Thank you for you detailed explanation. I made a mistake believing I could use the infinitive "to take" the then the past "walked". Now I understand it was wrong.

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    Re: Verb "pinch".

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Hello, Bassim:

    Actually, I believe that "walked" would have been fine in something like this:

    "Her shoes pinched terribly, so she had to take them off. She then walked on barefoot." [As post #2 reminded us, a "her" after "pinched" is unnecessary.]

    (As the teacher told us in post #7, "walked on barefoot" would mean that she continued walking barefoot. One question: my dictionary tells me that "barefoot" = nothing on one's feet. If she was wearing stockings, should we say that "She then walked on in her stockings"?

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