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    Question "fall" or "drop"?

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    One afternoon, Susan Sharp, 43, and her 8-year-old son David, were walking across an icy square, when Susan's crane slipped on the ice. Her face___________ first into the mud.
    A. fell B. dropped

    Fell or dropped? And what on earth is the difference between the two words in such a situation? I found the two words are used to explain each other in the dictionary. Thanks!

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    Re: "fall" or "drop"?

    Hi,

    I'd go for dropped. drop - WordReference.com Dictionary of English Entry #1, 2nd line: "sink to or towards the ground." I'd say SHE fell, but it was HER FACE (a part of her) dropped into to the mud.

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    Re: "fall" or "drop"?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Look at the following passage please:

    One afternoon, Susan Sharp, 43, and her 8-year-old son David, were walking across an icy square, when Susan's crane slipped on the ice. Her face___________ first into the mud.
    A. fell B. dropped

    Fell or dropped? And what on earth is the difference between the two words in such a situation? I found the two words are used to explain each other in the dictionary. Thanks!
    This makes no sense at all, are you sure you have copued it correctly?

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    Re: "fall" or "drop"?

    [QUOTE=bhaisahab;896176]This makes no sense at all, are you sure you have copued it correctly?[/QUOTE

    With this "make no sense", do you mean both verbs can be used here, or neither of them? This is an excerpt from a passage, in an exam paper, with twenty blanks, for each of which, we have to choose a proper one from four words given. And the standard answer is "fell". Then what word would you use here?

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    Re: "fall" or "drop"?

    The natural English would be 'She fell head first into the mud." I have no idea at all what her 'crane' is supposed to be.

    There is no natural way in English to complete that sentence as it stands.

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    Re: "fall" or "drop"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The natural English would be 'She fell head first into the mud." I have no idea at all what her 'crane' is supposed to be.

    There is no natural way in English to complete that sentence as it stands.

    Sorry, I've typed a wrong word. It is "cane". By the way, what does the word "copu" or "copue" mean? I can't find out its meaning.

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    Re: "fall" or "drop"?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Sorry, I've typed a wrong word. It is "cane".
    The first sentence now makes sense. The second is still not natural English.
    By the way, what does the word "copu" or "copue" mean? I can't find out its meaning.
    It was a typo. bhai meant to write 'copied'

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    Re: "fall" or "drop"?

    Quote Originally Posted by roseriver1012 View Post
    Sorry, I've typed a wrong word. It is "cane". By the way, what does the word "copu" or "copue" mean? I can't find out its meaning.
    Hi,

    That's also a typo. The intended spelling was most likely "copied" (to copy-copied-copied)

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    Re: "fall" or "drop"?

    "She fell face-first into the mud" uses face. But the structure of the sentence you were given does not work!
    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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