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    #1

    slam vs slam shut

    I saw this sentence:

    He slammed the door shut.

    I wonder why "shut" is necessary here. "Slam" means to shut with a lot of force, making a loud noise. Does "shut" modify the meaning?

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    Re: slam vs slam shut

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    I saw this sentence:

    He slammed the door shut.

    I wonder why "shut" is necessary here. "Slam" means to shut with a lot of force, making a loud noise. Does "shut" modify the meaning?

    You can slam a door, and it opens again, possibly the latch didn't quite catch. So, yes, it modifies it to show that the door stayed shut. The other possibility is that when you open a door to go through it, if you are using a great deal of force, you may "slam" the door into the wall behind it. Slam is not only to "shut".

    I am not a techer.

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    Re: slam vs slam shut

    Mostly, I think it's just for emphasis. Like tuna fish.

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    #4

    Re: slam vs slam shut

    Or "Kills bugs dead."

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    #5

    Re: slam vs slam shut

    I must tell you, that my one son slammed many doors open!

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