When a droplet spreads on a solid substrate, it is unclear what the correct boundary conditions are to impose at the moving contact line. The classical no-slip condition is generally acknowledged to lead to a non-integrable singularity at the moving contact line, which a slip condition, associated with a small slip parameter,
, serves to alleviate. In this paper, we discuss what occurs as the slip parameter,
, tends to zero. In particular, we explain how the zero-slip limit should be discussed in consideration of two distinguished limits: one where time is held constant,
, and one where time tends to infinity at the rate
. The crucial result is that in the case where time is held constant, the
limit converges to the slip-free equation, and contact line slippage occurs as a regular perturbative effect. However, if
, then contact line slippage is a leading-order singular effect.