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    Default All I could do was look on with my jaw dropped down to the floor

    Hello everybody!

    Is the sentence "All I could do was look on with my jaw dropped down to the floor" the right way to express being powerless to do anything?

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    Default Re: All I could do was look on with my jaw dropped down to the floor

    I don't think so. One's jaw drops when one is amazed or astounded. But jaw-dropping does not necessarily imply powerlessness.

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    Default Re: All I could do was look on with my jaw dropped down to the floor

    You are right.

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    Default Re: All I could do was look on with my jaw dropped down to the floor

    And we don't use with my jaw dropped. You could say my jaw dropped to the floor when I saw....

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    Default Re: All I could do was look on with my jaw dropped down to the floor

    I stood there with my jaw on the floor = I stood there as my face showed my amazement/surprise/shock.

    I stood there frozen = I couldn't move. Perhaps from fear, suprise, or indecision. This may be closer to the idea of being "powerless."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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