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    'Threw the ball on his head'?

    Is it okay to say 'she threw the ball on his head'?

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    Re: 'Threw the ball on his head'?

    ... AT his head.
    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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    Re: 'Threw the ball on his head'?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    ... AT his head.
    That's if it's aggressive. In, say, a football ('soccer') match I'd say 'ONTO' - if I used a directional preposition there at all. Most people would say something like 'threw him the ball [or just 'passed to him') for him to head' (where 'head' is a verb). In the first person, people do use ON - at a throw-in, where players are trying to get the thrower's attention, a player might call 'Here you are, on me 'ead'.

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    Re: 'Threw the ball on his head'?

    True enough. I was simply assuming they were behaving like siblings -- and she threw the ball AT his head!
    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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