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    The knight knocked his knuckles on his knees.

    The knight knocked his knuckles on his knees.
    I think this sentence means the knight used his knuckles to knock on his knees. What do you say?
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    Re: The knight knocked his knuckles on his knees.

    It's an odd sentence- if he did it accidentally, was he drunk? If he struck his knees with his knuckles on purpose, for effect, then the verb knocked sounds strange to me. Where did you see the sentence?

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    Re: The knight knocked his knuckles on his knees.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It's an odd sentence- if he did it accidentally, was he drunk? If he struck his knees with his knuckles on purpose, for effect, then the verb knocked sounds strange to me. Where did you see the sentence?
    The sentence is from Lets Go5 (the 2nd edition), Oxford University Press, which is an English textbook for children.

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    Re: The knight knocked his knuckles on his knees.

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post
    The sentence is from Lets Go5 (the 2nd edition), Oxford University Press, which is an English textbook for children.
    In future, please give us the context in post #1 rather than make us ask for it.

    You could also have told us what feature of the language was being illustrated.

    My guess is that it's demonstrating words beginning with a silent k.

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    Re: The knight knocked his knuckles on his knees.

    Quote Originally Posted by touchstone View Post
    The knight knocked his knuckles on his knees.
    I think this sentence means the knight used his knuckles to knock on his knees. What do you say?
    Thanks.
    Your understanding is correct.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: The knight knocked his knuckles on his knees.

    If he was wearing full armour, as knights did if they were going into battle or taking part in jousting, the metal of the armour on his hands/knuckles would make a loud knocking sound against the metal of the armour on his legs.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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