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Jun 24, 2019

The Difference between “Knee” and “Kneel”

The Difference between “Knee” and “Kneel”
The word “knee” can be used as a noun (predominantly) and as a verb (rarely). As a noun, the knee is the middle joint of the leg that allows the leg to bend. The plural form is “knees”. As a verb, to knee someone means to hit the person with your knee. The other verb forms are “knees”, “kneed”, and “kneeing”.

Kneel, on the other hand, is a verb. It means “to go down into, or stay in, a position where one or both knees are on the ground”. We always add the preposition “down” to “kneel”, but it can be avoided. The other verb forms of kneel are “kneels”, “kneeling”, and “knelt” (British) or “kneeled” (American).

Examples
1. My left knee hurts.


2. Jackie Chan kneed his opponent.

3. I told him to kneel for insulting his friends.

© Eric Nuamah Korankye (Hamlet)

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