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    what's the verb?

    The moose came out of nothing and _____ his horn onto the side of the boat.

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    What's the best verb for this sentence, please? Spike? Shove? The idea that I'd like to convey here is not to just to pierce but to pierce and get stuck into the wood after it.
    Thanks.
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    #2

    Re: what's the verb?

    I would say 'to shove' 'shoved' or 'to push' 'pushed. What is a moss?

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    Re: what's the verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I would say 'to shove' 'shoved' or 'to push' 'pushed. What is a moss?
    sorry, I meant a "moose".
    do these convey the idea of getting stuck into the wood after shoving it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    The moss came out of nothing and Spiked his horn onto the side of the boat.

    Hi,
    What's the best verb for this sentence, please? Spike? Shove? The idea that I'd like to convey here is not to just to pierce but to pierce and get stuck into the wood after it.
    Thanks.
    I would prefer spike

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    #5

    Re: what's the verb?

    Moose don't have horns. They have antlers.


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    #6

    Re: what's the verb?

    Quote Originally Posted by jctgf View Post
    The moose came out of nothing and _____ his horn onto the side of the boat.

    Hi,
    What's the best verb for this sentence, please? Spike? Shove? The idea that I'd like to convey here is not to just to pierce but to pierce and get stuck into the wood after it.
    Thanks.
    How about 'locked his horn into the side of the boat.'

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    #7

    Re: what's the verb?

    Perhaps:
    The moose came out of nowhere and rammed into the boat.
    (The moose was inebriated. )



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    #8

    Re: what's the verb?

    Thanks.

    The situation that I'd like to describe is one of those ships used by the ancient Greeks (those that had a spike installed in the front of it) striking an enemy ship. The spike was used to damage the haul of the enemy boat and cause its sinking.

    I wonder if the following phrase is good English, please.

    The Greek ship ______ its long and deadly spike into the haul of the enemy.


    Thanks.

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    #9

    Re: what's the verb?

    The Greek ship rammed its long and deadly spike into the hull of the enemy ship.

    I think that the above is good.

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    Re: what's the verb?

    Perhaps:
    The Greek ship rammed the enemy ship, its spike tearing into the hull.

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