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    Hello !

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    When I want to "hit" sb or sth, I use the preposition AT after "throw", right ?! Eg: "I threw a stone at the window/ at the cat" etc...

    - But do I throw things AT or TO/ ON the floor ?

    e.g: The gipsies have the habit of throwing dishes AT / ON the floor ?

    Thanks,

    Andrea.

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    I (and most NES) would throw something on the floor. I am not sure of the distinction except perhaps that you can't miss the floor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I (and most NES) would throw something on the floor. I am not sure of the distinction except perhaps that you can't miss the floor.

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    - Thank your for your help !

    And is it correct to say "throw sth AT the wall" ? (Would you use throw sth ON in any other besides "floor"?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by apparrode
    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee
    I (and most NES) would throw something on the floor. I am not sure of the distinction except perhaps that you can't miss the floor.

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    And is it correct to say "throw sth AT the wall" ? (Would you use throw sth ON in any other besides "floor"?).
    First, I should have said I am not sure of the reason for the distinction.

    To answer your first question, you can certainly throw something at a wall. As for on, you can throw things on a bed, and you can throw things on a chair. The difference seems to be that you throw at things that are vertical, and you throw things on things that are horizontal.

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    How about to throw thing ' at ' the spot on the floor ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    How about to throw thing ' at ' the spot on the floor ?
    Yes, you can throw something at a spot on the floor. You can also throw something at the dog, which just happens to be on the floor.

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    Please don't do that it is kind of cruel :) I normally use water pump to shoot at it :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    How about to throw thing ' at ' the spot on the floor ?
    It's probable that 'on' refers to a surface, as in "on top of":

    On the table
    On the wall
    On the ceiling
    On the floor

    whereas 'at' refers to a point in space and time:

    1. Throw it at the target on the wall.
    2. Look at the stars in the sky.
    3. The bus leaves at 5:00 on the dot.

    Cas :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    Quote Originally Posted by whl626
    How about to throw thing ' at ' the spot on the floor ?
    It's probable that 'on' refers to a surface, as in "on top of":

    On the table
    On the wall
    On the ceiling
    On the floor

    whereas 'at' refers to a point in space and time:

    1. Throw it at the target on the wall.
    2. Look at the stars in the sky.
    3. The bus leaves at 5:00 on the dot.

    Cas :)
    I might throw something on the table or on the floor, but I would throw something at the wall or at the ceiling.

    (There sure is a lot of throwing going on around here lately.)

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