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Discussion in 'Русский (Russian)' started by moonlight7, Jan 11, 2013.

  1. moonlight7 Senior Member

    Hi,
    ¿What would be the most adequate verb in this case?
    Они пошли дальше молча. Зося только крепче сжала своей ладошкой руку Николая, словно поддержать старалась.

    My attempt:
    They kept walking in silence. Zosia only squeezed stronger his hand with her palm as if trying to support.
     
  2. rusita preciosa

    rusita preciosa Modus forendi

    USA (Φιλαδέλφεια)
    Russian (Moscow)
    I'd say squeezed harder.
     
  3. gvozd

    gvozd Senior Member

    She clenched his hand tighter.
     
  4. rusita preciosa

    rusita preciosa Modus forendi

    USA (Φιλαδέλφεια)
    Russian (Moscow)
    I don't think clench will work, but I'm not sure why...

    EDIT: it's because clench is mostly said about own fist rather than something else.
     
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  5. gvozd

    gvozd Senior Member

    Clench

     
  6. Garbuz Senior Member

    Russian
    From that moment they walked in silence, Zosia sqeezing Nickolas' hand tightly with her little hand as if trying to give him moral support.
     
  7. rusita preciosa

    rusita preciosa Modus forendi

    USA (Φιλαδέλφεια)
    Russian (Moscow)
    May be you are right, it just doesn't sound too good to me for some reason... Let's wait for a native.
     
  8. turkjey5 Senior Member

    English - USA
    Zosia just squeezed his hand tighter with her own little hand, as if trying to hold him up.
    Re: clench. I think of clenching as basically wrapping your whole hand around something or enveloping, like the above mentioned steering wheel. With Zosia's small hand, clenching doesn't seem appropriate, rather squeezing, perhaps gripping.
     
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  9. moonlight7 Senior Member

    Thanks, turkjey5, for your aclaration!
    Yet, in this case, she didn´t support him in a physical sense, but in moral one. So I wonder if "hold him up" is appropriate.
     
  10. turkjey5 Senior Member

    English - USA
    No, it isn't. Perhaps, "...as if trying to show her support for him."
     
  11. moonlight7 Senior Member

    Thanks to you and to everyone else!!!
     

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