Learn to use the English verb TO SLAP (10 example sentences)

The English verb slap means to hit somebody/something with the flat part of your hand
Oxford Learner’s Dictionaries SLAP

Like all English verbs, slap has many forms. I made this blog post to teach you the different forms and use them with real examples. This makes the verb easy to understand.

Infinitive to slap

  • He made me so mad that I just wanted to slap him in the face.

Present simple I / you / we / they slap

  • Why did you slap me?

Present tense verbs

Present simple third-person singular he / she / it slaps

  • He slaps everyone, I think he has a problem. 

Third Person Singular

Past simple slapped (spelled with two P’s)

  • Will Smith slapped Chris Rock at the 2022 Academy Awards.

Past tense verbs

Past participle slapped (slap is a regular verb so the past tense in the past participle are spelled the same)

Past participle verb tense

Chris Rock was slapped by Will Smith at the 2022 Academy Awards. * This past participle example is the Passive voice – TO BE  slapped

I wonder if he has slapped other people too.* This past participle example is the Perfect tense – HAVE / HAS slapped

Continuous form TO BE slapping

Devin WAS slapping the TV trying to fix the picture, but I think he just made it worse.

Continuous tense verb grammar

3 Idioms with the verb SLAP

A slap in the face
A set phrase used to describe words or actions that have offended or otherwise upset someone.

  • I  have worked so hard for this company for many years.  I can’t believe they gave the promotion to Trevor instead of me. This is a real slap in the face

Slap together
To assemble, arrange, or put together, quickly and carelessly with little or no thought. 

  • If you’re hungry I’ll slap together some lunch with some leftovers I have in the fridge.

A slap on the wrist 
punishment that is weak, not strong enough

  • Many people feel the punishments for crimes using guns are not strong enough. They’re only a slap on the wrist.


Thanks to https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/ for the idiom ideas!

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