Results 1 to 4 of 4
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Apr 2010
    • Posts: 425
    #1

    Smile to sb's feet.

    Dear Sirs,

    1. He gets/rises/jumps to his feet when she walks in.
    2. The injured woman staggered to her feet.

    Does the 'to' above mean 'on'?
    1. He gets/rises/jumps on his feet when she walks in.
    2. The injured woman staggered on her feet.



    I really and truly do not understand why 'to' are used in the sentences above?

    Could you give me a hand? please, thank you.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,903
    #2

    Re: to sb's feet.

    Sometimes you'll see it used when the person had difficulty in standing (age/health, etc).

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Chinese
      • Home Country:
      • China
      • Current Location:
      • Australia

    • Join Date: Apr 2010
    • Posts: 425
    #3

    Re: to sb's feet.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Sometimes you'll see it used when the person had difficulty in standing (age/health, etc).
    Thank you, Mr. Tdol.

    Am I right to say: "The bedridden old man rose to his feet when the nurse walked into his ward."?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 57,903
    #4

    Re: to sb's feet.

    Grammatically, yes, but would a bedridden person do that?

Similar Threads

  1. rob Sb's sth
    By sjc55 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 12-Jun-2009, 05:29
  2. respect sb's wishes
    By XINLAI-UE in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 01-Sep-2008, 17:44
  3. What does 'onto sb's front' mean here please?
    By shinji002 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 28-May-2008, 13:07
  4. Can I borrow sb's brains?
    By AnaZ in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 3
    Last Post: 05-Feb-2008, 14:31
  5. nail in sb's/sth's coffin
    By retro in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 17
    Last Post: 16-Dec-2006, 19:50

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •