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    #1

    Cool on/down

    Hello!

    Could we ever use "on" instead of "down" in these cases?:

    - Tears ran down her cheeks.

    -Tears ran down her face.

    Thank you
    W

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    #2

    Re: on/down

    ***Not a teacher***

    In my opinion no. The use of running demands a direction. 'Tears ran down her cheeks/face' is a very standard construction. You could say 'she had tears on her face', but as soon as the tears are running, it really demands a direction.

    If she was hanging upside down, you could probably even say 'The tears ran up/across her face'

    Ade

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