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    #1

    punch the punching bag

    1) I saw him punch the punching ball.

    Does this necessarily imply that he punched the punching ball only once?
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    #2

    Re: punch the punching ball

    Yes. In my experience it's called a punchball, not a punching ball, though.
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    #3

    Re: punch the punching ball

    ...and a punchbag.

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    #4

    Re: punch the punching ball

    I didn't know that Brits saved a syllable in those terms. Americans know them as punching bags.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #5

    Re: punch the punching ball

    Hi.

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Brits saved a syllable
    You mean it is monosyllabic in British version, don’t you?

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    #6

    Re: punch the punching ball

    Quote Originally Posted by Odessa Dawn View Post
    Hi.



    You mean it is monosyllabic in British version, don’t you?
    No. The BrE punchbag has one less syllable than the AmE punching bag.
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