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    Hello!

    Memories crowded in on me.

    I can imagine what the sentence is trying to say. But what does the “on” mean?

    Thanks in advance

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    Ohayo Kazuo
    I've an unclear premonition that your sentence is quite right.
    It would be a little bit strange as the following:
    Memories + crowded in + in me.
    I've heard the song named: "Lay All Your Love On Me" by ABBA.
    Domo arigato, oyasumi.

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    Dzień dobry, Stanislaw.Masny

    I’m surprised because you are very good at Japanese.

    By the way, why “in me”?

    “On me” is superficial, “in me” means a great deal of substance in it?

    Naprawde przepraszam, Miłego dnia

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    It sounds as if the person was overwhelmed/suffocated (metaphorically) or hemmed in by the memories.

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    Hello Kazuo,
    The sentence is correct as is. "crowd in' is a phrasal verb meaning to move into a small space (in your example, the head or the brain or the mind) and we often use it with 'on' and it is often associated with memories or thoughts.

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