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    bump, bump into, run into, smash into, crash into, hit, and get into an accident

    Which one is more natural in the following:

    (He's riding the car)
    Son, don't use your car to bump Woody.
    Son, don't use your car to hit Woody.
    Son, don't run your car into Woody.

    (He's playing with a pull-back action car)
    Son, don't run your car into Woody.
    Son, don't smash your car into Woody.
    Son, don't hit Woody with your car.
    Son, don't use your car to hit Woody.

    (He's riding the car)
    Son, don't hit your brother.
    Son, don't hit your brother with your car.
    Son, don't bump your brother.

    (We're both in a real car)
    I can't play peek-a-boo right now because we might crash.
    I can't play peek-a-boo right now because we might crash into other cars.
    I can't play peek-a-boo right now because we might get into accident.
    I can't play peek-a-boo right now because we might bump into other cars.

    Additionally, when you were driving and the car door got scraped because you sideswiped it into some pole, how do you explain it to your wife?
    Honey, I scraped the car door.
    Honey, I scratched the car door.
    Honey, I sideswiped the car door.
    Honey, I damaged the car door.

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    Re: bump, bump into, run into, smash into, crash into, hit, and get into an accident

    We don't say "ride a car". You can use "ride in a car", usually for the passengers. The driver "drives the car".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: bump, bump into, run into, smash into, crash into, hit, and get into an accident

    Sideswipe means "to collide with a vehicle traveling in the same direction". You can't sideswipe the car that you're driving.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: bump, bump into, run into, smash into, crash into, hit, and get into an accident

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Sideswipe means "to collide with a vehicle traveling in the same direction". You can't sideswipe the car that you're driving.
    How should I have phrased it? What I meant was that the car hit the pole, but not head-on. The car door just got scraped.

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    Re: bump, bump into, run into, smash into, crash into, hit, and get into an accident

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    We don't say "ride a car". You can use "ride in a car", usually for the passengers. The driver "drives the car".
    Do you mean "drive" would be the only word allowed? How about "run"?

    I'm also not sure if it is called a "car". Here's a picture:


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    Re: bump, bump into, run into, smash into, crash into, hit, and get into an accident

    Quote Originally Posted by curiousmarcus View Post
    How should I have phrased it? What I meant was that the car hit the pole, but not head-on. The car door just got scraped.
    You've phrased it perfectly yourself: I scraped the car door against a pole.
    I am not a teacher.

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