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patted - struck repeatedly and gently with an open hand to show affection

What's the difference between "stroked" and "struck" or in the present tense "stroke" and "strike"?

I reached across the counter and stroked/struck her hair.

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stroke - to rub gently
strike - to hit / or to refuse to work
I believe hitting a person/animal will cause pain, am I right?
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It depends how hard you hit them - but generally yes!
After some thinking, would it be better to replace "struck" with "stroked" since struck is equal to hit and hit implies pain somewhat.

patted - struck repeatedly and gently with an open hand to show affection
Patting the dog - the idea for me is that there is a gentle tapping on the animal - but not hard enough to be hitting, so it is a pleasant sensation for the animal and does not cause pain.
It is not the same as stroking the dog, which uses long movements of the hand to brush against the animal.
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