squash flat

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ridgemao, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. ridgemao

    ridgemao Senior Member

    Kuala Lumpur
    Chinese - Mandarin
    When I step my foot on a ping pong ball,

    1, The ball is squashed down.
    2, The ball is squashed flat.
    3, The ball is squashed down flat.

    Can I say the three sentences above? Thanks.
     
  2. Hau Ruck

    Hau Ruck Senior Member

    United States - Midwest
    English - U.S.
    You could, but I'd more likely use the word 'crushed.'

    For whatever reason (I don't know exactly why) I usually say something is squashed if it has some liquid at all, and 'crushed' if it is more of a dry thing. (AmE perspective, other dialects of English may differ - this is only my perspective.)

    I would 'crush' a ping pong ball.
    If I stepped on a jelly fish, I would say that it 'squished' under my foot.
     
  3. ridgemao

    ridgemao Senior Member

    Kuala Lumpur
    Chinese - Mandarin
    Thank you for your explanation.
     
  4. tepatria Senior Member

    Onondaga, Ontario
    Canadian English
    I think all three sound fine, though I would say the ball was flattened.
     
  5. ridgemao

    ridgemao Senior Member

    Kuala Lumpur
    Chinese - Mandarin
    Thank you all.
     

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