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Strike versus beat #1 (permalink) Thu Sep 07, 2006 14:16 pm   Strike versus beat
 

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ESL/EFL Test #113 "Synonyms for beat", question 6

Give me a hand, please, I need you to ......... those two eggs in a bowl.

(a) beat
(b) strike
(c) hit
(d) knock

Synonym Search, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #113 "Synonyms for beat", answer 6

Give me a hand, please, I need you to beat those two eggs in a bowl.

Correct answer: (a) beat

Your answer was: incorrect
Give me a hand, please, I need you to strike those two eggs in a bowl.
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why is Strike incorrect here?

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Strike versus beat #2 (permalink) Thu Sep 07, 2006 22:17 pm   Strike versus beat
 

To strike is to hit: he struck the policeman with a bottle; the car ran out of control and struck a tree; the ship sank after it struck a mine; he must have died when his head struck the pavement; the tree was struck by lightning.

To beat is to strike repeatedly, to hit hard several times. That's what we often do with eggs when we stir them vigorously: beat the eggs and sugar together.
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Strike versus beat #3 (permalink) Fri Apr 09, 2010 23:22 pm   Strike versus beat
 

"To beat eggs" but "whipped eggs".
OR "to whip eggs" is possible as well?
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Strike versus beat #4 (permalink) Fri Apr 09, 2010 23:26 pm   Strike versus beat
 

Yes, Gheon. Both are possible, and mean the same thing, though most people would say 'beat'.
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