beat / hit

ADMP

Senior Member
Sinhaleese - Sri Lanka
#1
Can somebody please tell me the difference between these two sentences?
  1. she beat my shoulder with a bunch of news paper
  2. she hit my shoulder with a bunch of news paper
 

Siberia

Senior Member
UK-Wales - English
#2
You wouldn't use the first sentence - you could say: she beat me with a bunch of newspapers. (more general than a specific part of the body)
Beat is generally done purposely while Hit can also be accidental.
 

ADMP

Senior Member
Sinhaleese - Sri Lanka
#4
You wouldn't use the first sentence - you could say: she beat me with a bunch of newspapers. (more general than a specific part of the body)
Beat is generally done purposely while Hit can also be accidental.
this has been done purposely & not accidentaly. In that case is it ok to use beat & can you please show me the best & common way of saying this.
 

ADMP

Senior Member
Sinhaleese - Sri Lanka
#7
When a child does something wrong ...
1. Teacher beats the child
2. Teacher hits the child
 

pieanne

Senior Member
Belgium/French
#10
I don't like it any better... :(

When A beats B, A hits B many times, until A chooses to stop.

When A hits B, it may be inadvertently or on purpose, but A hits just once.
 

stanley

Senior Member
Germany / German
#11
You wouldn't use the first sentence - you could say: she beat me with a bunch of newspapers. (more general than a specific part of the body)
Beat is generally done purposely while Hit can also be accidental.
Sorry but isnt she beatS the correct one??
 

pieanne

Senior Member
Belgium/French
#12
Depends on whether you're talking in the past or in the present.

If its in the present, there must be a context, e.g.
"Every Wednesday at noon, she beats me with a baseball bat..."
 

tomatico

Senior Member
English, US
#16
'It's lots of newspapers tied together as a bunch'

It is difficult to imagine, but this must be an interesting way to hit/beat someone.
 
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