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bihunsedap
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 9:58:06 PM

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Everyone's waiting in a line.
Carrie steps backward on to Kim's foot.

I asked my son,
"Who steps backward?"

and

"Whose foot was being stomp?"


Are those question asked grammatically correct?
palapaguy
Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2017 10:07:14 PM

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bihunsedap wrote:


Everyone's waiting in a line.
Carrie steps backward on to Kim's foot.

I asked my son,
"Who steps backward?"

and

"Whose foot was being stomp?"


Are those question asked grammatically correct?


Some small corrections:
"Who stepped backward?"
"Whose foot was being stomped (stepped on)?
sureshot
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 1:47:37 AM
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palapaguy wrote:
bihunsedap wrote:

Everyone's waiting in a line.
Carrie steps backward on to Kim's foot.

I asked my son,
"Who steps backward?"
and
"Whose foot was being stomp?"


Are those question asked grammatically correct?


Some small corrections:
"Who stepped backward?"
"Whose foot was being stomped (stepped on)?

_________________________

In British English, the adverb form is "backwards". In American English, we say "backward". So, we can also say:

- Who stepped backwards?
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 10:15:39 AM

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Who stepped backwards?
Whose foot was being stepped on?

"Stomped" involves the application of more force than what is involved with simply stepping on the foot of another person. And, it is also a deliberate act.
Romany
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 1:24:37 PM
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Hi, Bihunsedap - it certainly makes it easier for us to help you when we can see the book!

"Stomped" is a really good word to have in your vocabulary. As Wilmar says it really means to to hurt somebody. And to WANT to hurt them.

But some children DO say "He stomped on my foot" in an exaggerated way, or, "He pushed me" when another kid touches him to get the teacher's attention. So it's good to know what it really means.

Like they say "My shoes are killing me" when their feet hurt.
NKM
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 1:43:00 PM

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One more detail: We normally write "onto" as one word for this use — "… steps backward onto Kim's foot."

taurine
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 3:15:51 PM

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What about the difference between tread and stomp, please.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 3:36:15 PM

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taurine wrote:
What about the difference between tread and stomp, please.


In this context tread like step is something that might happen accidentally, stomp implies a deliberate attempt to injure the other persons foot by using a lot of force.

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NKM
Posted: Wednesday, August 09, 2017 5:36:13 PM

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True, but "step" is an everyday word; "tread" is more formal.

bihunsedap
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Thanks all.
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