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    Default Spit on/at ?

    Hi all
    I want to know which preposition should be used after "spit"? spit on or spit at ?
    Thank you

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    Default Re: Spit on/at ?

    You can use both- I would use spit at to indicate the direction, but not necessarily whether it hit the target, but spit on for where/who it hit.

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    Default Re: Spit on/at ?

    I spat at the man.
    I spat on the man's head.
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    Default Re: Spit on/at ?

    Quote Originally Posted by hooman79108 View Post
    Hi all
    I want to know which preposition should be used after "spit"? spit on or spit at ?
    Thank you
    "On" = hit the target
    "At" = missed the target

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    Default Re: Spit on/at ?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    "On" = hit the target
    "At" = missed the target
    I'm not sure I would agree completely with that.

    I spat at the man and hit him square in the face.
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    Default Re: Spit on/at ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm not sure I would agree completely with that.

    I spat at the man and hit him square in the face.
    And I don't think I completely agree with yours either. Suppose "I spat at the man and missed". But, I think, based on the original thread by hooman79108 and without a complete sentence I should have posted "at = in the direction of (result unknown)".

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    Default Re: Spit on/at ?

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    And I don't think I completely agree with yours either. Suppose "I spat at the man and missed". But, I think, based on the original thread by hooman79108 and without a complete sentence I should have posted "at = in the direction of (result unknown)".
    Sorry, I wasn't suggesting that "I spat at the man and hit him ..." was the only possible outcome, I simply meant that using "at" doesn't necessarily mean that the shot went wide of the target.
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