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    Default Meaning of the expression

    My mother took off the cap. Her thick, beautifu hair fell all about her face.


    I want to know why ALL ABOUT has been used here. Why " fell on her face" has not been used?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roselin View Post
    My mother took off the cap. Her thick, beautifu hair fell all about her face.


    I want to know why ALL ABOUT has been used here. Why " fell on her face" has not been used?
    The author is trying to give the impression that her hair has some 'life' in it. It doesn't just fall straight down like a mop. It twists and curls and curves all around her face before settling into position.

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    Consider her hair before she stuffed it all up under her cap.

    It wouldn't be on her face then, would it? It would be above and on either side of it. In other words about her face.

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    Default Re: Meaning of the expression

    I can see a difference between Raymott's answer and Rover's. It seems that Raymott explained it artistically and Rover explained it scientifically, doesn't it? As Raymott said, I think we can use "on her face" but it is not exactly what the author wants to express, but it is fine in some other cases, and as Rover said, I think we mustn't use "on her face" instead, it may not be used in any cases. Could you please give me some comments?
    Thank you so much!

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    Default Re: Meaning of the expression

    My mother took off the cap. Her thick, beautifu hair fell all about her face.


    So here , about has been used as around?

    can I say " her thick, beautiful hair fell all around her face" ?

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    Nice! I also want to know that! But maybe our teachers are too busy to review and check this thread again. Accept it as a usual thing!

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    Can I say " her thick, beautiful hair fell all around her face" ?
    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazYgeeK View Post
    Nice! I also want to know that! But maybe our teachers are too busy to review and check this thread again. Accept it as a usual thing!
    I'm sorry if you've found that teachers don't follow up the threads they've replied to. I don't think you'll find this to be the case in threads I've responded to.
    Do you really want to assert that this is the usual thing? I think you'd lose the debate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Do you really want to assert that this is the usual thing?
    It's nice to feel so appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    I'm sorry if you've found that teachers don't follow up the threads they've replied to. I don't think you'll find this to be the case in threads I've responded to.
    Do you really want to assert that this is the usual thing? I think you'd lose the debate.
    I'm sorry I should have said "some teachers" may not include you. I have had a long time with this forum and I have had some questions without any replies, some of these ended the threads ever and the others were posted somewhere in the threads but no one cared. Even right in this thread, you can see my question in the post #4, it still lies there. I know such those cases may happen accidentally, so I said I accept it.
    Thank you!

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