squash the beetle to death with your foot

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ridgemao, Nov 19, 2013.

  1. ridgemao

    ridgemao Senior Member

    Kuala Lumpur
    Chinese - Mandarin
    Hello:

    A beetle crawled on the ground, a girl walked here, stepped on the beetle accidentally and the beetle was dead. Then I told the girl: Look, you just squashed the beetle to death with your foot.


    Is the above bold sentence redundant? But I think without the phrase "to death", the beetle might be still alive; Without the phrase "with your foot", she might squash the beetle with her hand or other parts of her body.


    Should I add the bold sentence "to death with your foot" here?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Myridon

    Myridon Senior Member

    Texas
    English - US
    Squashing something is a fairly strong statement. If you didn't mean it was dead or at least dying, you might choose word that isn't as strong.
    In your context, it's unlikely that the girl who is walking will think that she put her hand on the ground much less squashed a beetle with it.
    "You stepped on a beetle and squashed it."
     

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