beat / hit

ADMP

Senior Member
Sinhaleese - Sri Lanka
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
    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
    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.
     

    Siberia

    Senior Member
    UK-Wales - English
    She beat me by hitting me on my shoulder with a bunch of newspapers.
    That is what I would say
     

    ADMP

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

    ADMP

    Senior Member
    Sinhaleese - Sri Lanka
    What? Never! A teacher can't do that!
    This is just an example & I just want to lean this. :) Then lets say

    When a child does something wrong ...
    1. Mother beats the child
    2. Mother hits the child
     

    pieanne

    Senior Member
    Belgium/French
    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.
     

    pieanne

    Senior Member
    Belgium/French
    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..."
     

    sloopjc

    Senior Member
    UK English
    It's lots of newspapers tied together as a bunch
    Yes, I understand. But newspapers tied together in such a fashion are usually referred to as a "bundle" or a "stack". Ah the wonders of the English language!
     

    river

    Senior Member
    U.S. English
    This is just an example & I just want to lean this. :) Then lets say

    When a child does something wrong ...
    1. Mother beats the child
    2. Mother hits the child

    "Spanks" is the word you're looking for.
     
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