I saw a post on Reddit, I knew every meaning of words but I can't get what process of action they were describing. Below is the post they put.

I had to call my boss for help with a machine that would not cooperate. We are talking as I am tightening a bolt and my slips. I split my knuckle open and called the machine every 4-letter word.

Specifically, the problem for me to understand is in what is bolt and slips and splitting knuckle open.


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It looks like he made a grammatical error when writing the post on Reddit. What it was meant to say was

"I was tightening a bolt and I slipped. I split my knuckle open and called the machine every 4-letter word"

By "splitting" his "knuckle" open, he meant he had cut open his knuckle and injured it.

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    No, he probably meant and my hand slips
    – user22427
    Nov 9, 2018 at 10:06
  • Slipped as he is talking about something that happened in the past. Nov 9, 2018 at 10:12
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    @UniversalLink No, the sentence is phrased in the present tense. "We are talking," "I am tightening." The same present tense should be used: slips. So, my hand slips is the only correction that makes sense. Nov 9, 2018 at 16:05
  • @JasonBassford "I had", speaking in the past tense. The statement is a mix of past and present tense but he defined it as present tense via the "I had" at the beginning of the post. Nov 12, 2018 at 8:36
  • @UniversalLink There are three sentences. The second sentence (which starts We are talking) is the one in question. Nov 12, 2018 at 9:54

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