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    Rode the blow

    I have tried to used "ride a blow/ punch" in my sentences. Would you please take a look at my sentences and correct my grammar and punctuation?

    1. The heavy-set man swung his right, but John rode the blow and hit him in the head, knocking him down.
    2. The man threw his left at her, but she managed to ride the punch and kicked him in the groin.

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    Re: Rode the blow

    They seem natural enough to me.

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    Re: Rode the blow

    I am wondering if my 2. sentence would sound better if I replaced "...and kicked him in the groin" with " kicking him in the groin.

    The man threw his left at her, but she managed to ride the punch, kicking him in the groin.

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    Re: Rode the blow

    I think the original is better as those are two separate, unrelated actions, which "and" works better.
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    Re: Rode the blow

    I don't feel any significant difference between the two.

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    Re: Rode the blow

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I don't feel any significant difference between the two.
    Doesn't the continuous tense imply a simultaneous, related action?
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    Re: Rode the blow

    It's a present participle, and it doesn't necessarily imply absolute simultaneity.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 11-Jun-2016 at 12:10.

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    Re: Rode the blow

    I've heard "roll with the punch." I've never heard "ride the punch." It's not an Americanism.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Rode the blow

    I agree with Charlie! To 'ride a blow/punch' does not sound natural to me.

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    Re: Rode the blow

    Their heyday has passed. Ngram

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