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San asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 2 months ago

Which word is correct?

As the burglars came in, the child's brother slapped his hand (on / in) her mouth to keep her shut up.

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  • 2 months ago
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    He *clapped* his hand over her mouth to keep her quiet.

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    • M.
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      2 months agoReport

      He clamped his hand over her mouth to keep her quiet.  Not slapped.  Not clapped.

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  • 2 months ago

    'Slapped' is not wrong, but it's unusual, and suggests more violence than 'clapped'.

    As for the preposition, the best choice is 'over'.

    Certainly not 'in'. 'In' means INSIDE. Nobody would do that, in fact it would be very difficult, especially when speed is essential.

    And change 'to keep her shut up' to 'to keep her quiet'. If someone is 'shut up' they are in an enclosure that they can't get out of; maybe locked into their bedroom, or barricaded inside a cave. 

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  • 2 months ago

    On on on on on on on on on on on on on and on and on and on

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  • 2 months ago

    You can use "on" to mean over her mouth. But "over her mouth" would be clearer. "In her mouth" implies inside her mouth.

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  • Gloria
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    2 months ago

    As the burglars came in, the child's brother clapped his hand over her mouth to keep it closed.

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  • Anonymous
    2 months ago

    As the burglars came in, the child's brother slapped his hand over her mouth to keep her shut up.

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  • 2 months ago

    they both sound okay

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