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    #1

    disappear on him / disappear from in front of him

    (Julie was seeing this guy for a long time. Everybody thought they were going to get married. Then she suddenly)

    1. disappeared on him.
    2. disappeared from in front of him.

    Are both 1 and 2 grammatically correct? Do they have the same meaning?

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    Re: disappear on him / disappear from in front of him

    Use 1.

    If someone "disappears on you", it means that they suddenly vanish out of your life, even if only for a short period. It is used for things other than people. "iTunes was open on my desktop and then, just as I wanted to use it, it disappeared on me!"

    Julie did not vanish into thin air in front of her boyfriend's eyes, which is what #2 suggests. They were together as a couple for a long time and everybody assumed that they would get married but then she mysteriously vanished. Presumably, she left the house one day to go to work but never came back (or something similar).
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: disappear on him / disappear from in front of him

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Use 1.

    If someone "disappears on you", it means that they suddenly vanish out of your life, even if only for a short period. It is used for things other than people. "iTunes was open on my desktop and then, just as I wanted to use it, it disappeared on me!"

    Julie did not vanish into thin air in front of her boyfriend's eyes, which is what #2 suggests. They were together as a couple for a long time and everybody assumed that they would get married but then she mysteriously vanished. Presumably, she left the house one day to go to work but never came back (or something similar).
    Thank you for answerig my question.
    Do you mean "in addition to" by "other than" (people)? At first, I thought you mean "not" (people), but if so, it doesn't make sense.

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    Re: disappear on him / disappear from in front of him

    Quote Originally Posted by herbivorie View Post
    Thank you for answerig my question.
    Do you mean "in addition to" by "other than" (people)? At first, I thought you mean "not" (people), but if so, it doesn't make sense.
    Yes, "in addition to". Apologies, I omitted a word from that sentence. I thought I had written "It is also used for things other than people".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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