Slowing "slap" down

By Terry Fredrickson

Adding a -ing to a verb (making it progressive) indicates that the action or situation happens over a period of time, not an instant. That is why we normally don't use -ing forms with verbs like "hit" or "slap" because they happen too quickly. We would normally only use an -ing form with such verbs if they were done repeatedly, like hitting someone again and again. There is another way to add duration (a period of time) to such verbs, however, although it is not something we would do very often. Watch the video and you will see what I mean.

How do you describe what you see in the video? You will probably need to use the passive voice: The man is being slapped. (Notice at the very end of the video, you would change to the past: The man was slapped)

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