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    Default PREPOSITION ON/IN....AS vs. LIKE....The verb FALL.

    Hello! How are you?. I´ve got these three questions. Thanks in advance!

    1.- "The knife is ON the wall". Is the preposition used correctly here?. I hesitate because I think the knife is not really ON in this situation. I mean "Someone threw the knife and made it stay there". Should it be maybe IN?

    2.- AS-LIKE. I have studied the grammar about this conjunctions
    but I still hesitate. Sometimes I think I can use both to mean
    the same thing.

    Can I say this sentence in both ways?


    a.- They fly LIKE birds.
    b.- They fly AS if they were birds.

    Has it got the same meaning?.


    3.- FALL. "The curtains fell yesterday". I think I could need something in this sentence. SHould I use "down the floor" to mean
    what I am trying to?. I mean "They are on the floor".

    "The curtains fell down the floor yesterday"

    But, My final question is: Could I use FALL alone to mean
    that?.
    Isn´t it obvious they are on the floor?

    "The curtains fell yesterday"


    Thanks a million!

    Jesús

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    Default Re: PREPOSITION ON/IN....AS vs. LIKE....The verb FALL.

    1."The knife is in the wall". <The blade is in the wall.>

    2a. They fly like birds. <"like" + noun>
    2b. They fly as if they were birds. <"as if" + subject+verb>

    3a. "The curtains fell yesterday".
    3b. "The curtains fell down on/to the floor yesterday"

    Could I use FALL alone to mean
    that?
    Yes.

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