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How do you use STRIKE, POUNDED and BEAT?



 
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How do you use STRIKE, POUNDED and BEAT? #1 (permalink) Mon May 22, 2006 18:34 pm   How do you use STRIKE, POUNDED and BEAT?
 

English Synonym, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #68 "Synonyms for beat and strike", question 10

The father was furious and ......... the table.

(a) slapped
(b) knocked
(c) pounded
(d) whipped

English Synonym, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #68 "Synonyms for beat and strike", answer 10

The father was furious and pounded the table.

Correct answer: (c) pounded

Your answer was: incorrect
The father was furious and whipped the table.
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For me is very confusing the words strike, pounded and beat. Can you explain how do you use those words on specific situations.

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How do you use STRIKE, POUNDED and BEAT? #2 (permalink) Tue May 23, 2006 12:29 pm   How do you use STRIKE, POUNDED and BEAT?
 

Alba wrote:
For me is very confusing the words strike, pounded and beat. Can you explain how do you use those words on specific situations.

All three verbs have several definitions, as you will find in any dictionary. The meaning they have in common is 'to hit'.

To strike (to hit or attack): the tree was struck by lightning.

To pound (to hit hard): he pounded on the door with his fist.

To beat (to hit hard several times): he was beating a drum.
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How do you use STRIKE, POUNDED and BEAT? #3 (permalink) Fri Apr 09, 2010 19:43 pm   How do you use STRIKE, POUNDED and BEAT?
 

"Slapped the table" variant is possible as well.
At least, it is widely used in certain media.
The difference is that you 'slap' with your palm & 'pound' with your fist.
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How do you use STRIKE, POUNDED and BEAT? #4 (permalink) Fri Apr 09, 2010 19:51 pm   How do you use STRIKE, POUNDED and BEAT?
 

I agree with Gheon. If I had to put in a word with no options available to choose from, I think the word 'slapped' would have come to my mind before the word 'pounded'.
However, having seen the options, I would choose 'pounded' rather than 'slapped'.

It is very subtle though.
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