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.
- Chi girlLv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
He *clapped* his hand over her mouth to keep her quiet.
- bluebellbkkLv 72 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.
- Fred XX00 ILv 72 months ago
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- parsnipiannaLv 72 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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- GloriaLv 72 months ago
As the burglars came in, the child's brother clapped his hand over her mouth to keep it closed.
- Anonymous2 months ago
As the burglars came in, the child's brother slapped his hand over her mouth to keep her shut up.
- Pearl LLv 72 months ago
they both sound okay