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    punch [in/on] the face

    Good day!

    Could you please explain to me why is the "punch him in the face" and not "punch on the face" ..

    Thank you.

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    Re: punch [in/on] the face

    Hi queux

    As a Brit, but not a teacher, I would advise that I would say:

    "... punch someone in the face/eye.", but
    "... punch someone on the nose/forehead/cheek/chin etc."

    "In" suggests in the middle of the face or, effectively, into the eye socket.

    It's not a full answer, but I hope it helps

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    Last edited by Neillythere; 12-Sep-2008 at 10:49.

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    Re: punch [in/on] the face

    Hello,

    But what when sb hit sb with a big pan ?
    Is "on face" or "in face" ?


    Cheers,

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    Re: punch [in/on] the face

    Hi Jaskin

    Sb ends up with a big bruise/bump (visible) on their face!

    In a case like that, I would probably have used the term "head" rather than "face".

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    PS The impact probably will probably only be on a limited portion of the face (hence the use of "in" rather than "on".

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    Re: punch [in/on] the face

    Quote Originally Posted by Neillythere View Post
    Hi Jaskin

    Sb ends up with a big bruise/bump (visible) on their face!

    In a case like that, I would probably have used the term "head" rather than "face".

    Regards
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    PS The impact probably will probably only be on a limited portion of the face (hence the use of "in" rather than "on".
    Hi Neilly..

    could you pls explain me what does Sb mean?

    Thank you

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    Re: punch [in/on] the face

    Quote Originally Posted by Keralite View Post
    Hi Neilly..

    could you pls explain me what does Sb mean?

    Thank you
    I'm not Neilly but I hope that I'll do, it a texting abbreviation for "somebody", better not to use it or others like it on an English language site, I think.

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    Re: punch [in/on] the face

    Quote Originally Posted by queux View Post
    Good day!

    Could you please explain to me why is the "punch him in the face" and not "punch on the face" ..

    Thank you.
    I think it's just the way we say it. It has nothing really to do with the shape of the face or the fist. We punch someone in the stomach, in the chest, etc.
    We also kick someone in the head, in the knee, in the back, etc.

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    Re: punch [in/on] the face

    Hello,
    We also kick someone in the head, in the knee, in the back, etc.
    What is very sad, I think.

    Cheers,

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    Re: punch [in/on] the face

    Quote Originally Posted by Jaskin View Post
    Hello,

    What (Which) is very sad, I think.

    Cheers,
    Yes it is.
    Fortunately we don't do it often.

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    Re: punch [in/on] the face

    Hi Keralite

    Many apologies. I was just responding to the previous post, who used the term "Sb". It's an abreviation that I don't normally use, but felt appropriate as a response "in kind" (i.e. like-for-like). I promise not to use such abreviations again!

    Best regards
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