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    Question Which is correct? "on/in the face of - Person's face"?

    She sees something strange on the face of Anne.
    She sees something strange in the face of Anne.
    She sees something strange on Anne's face.
    She sees something strange in Anne's face.

    Which sentence is correct?

    P.S. "Something strange" is dark circles.

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    Re: Which is correct? "on/in the face of - Person's face"?

    Given the context you gave (dark circles), I would use "on" although I would expect to see dark circles around her eyes, not on her face. Are we talking about the normal dark circles around the eyes?

    She sees dark circles around Anne's eyes.
    She sees dark circles on Anne's face.

    We use "in" and "on" when talking about signs of an emotion.

    I could see it in her face - she was devastated.
    Her confusion was obvious on her face.
    (Her confusion was written all over her face.)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which is correct? "on/in the face of - Person's face"?

    For something physically there, it is "on" her face.

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    Re: Which is correct? "on/in the face of - Person's face"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Given the context you gave (dark circles), I would use "on" although I would expect to see dark circles around her eyes, not on her face. Are we talking about the normal dark circles around the eyes?

    She sees dark circles around Anne's eyes.
    She sees dark circles on Anne's face.

    We use "in" and "on" when talking about signs of an emotion.

    I could see it in her face - she was devastated.
    Her confusion was obvious on her face.
    (Her confusion was written all over her face.)
    It's a dialogue (screenplay). She only says that is dark circles after.

    So... "She sees something strange on Anne's face." is correct?
    Last edited by ceciliafontes; 24-Jun-2014 at 16:07.

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    Re: Which is correct? "on/in the face of - Person's face"?

    So one of your characters actually speaks the line "She sees something strange on Anne's face"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which is correct? "on/in the face of - Person's face"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    So one of your characters actually speaks the line "She sees something strange on Anne's face"?
    No, this is the description of the scene!

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    Re: Which is correct? "on/in the face of - Person's face"?

    Your posts to do with your screenplay are becoming very confusing. You really need to tell us whether the sentences you are querying are part of the dialogue or part of the stage directions etc.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which is correct? "on/in the face of - Person's face"?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Your posts to do with your screenplay are becoming very confusing. You really need to tell us whether the sentences you are querying are part of the dialogue or part of the stage directions etc.
    Example:

    LISA: Oh, my god! What is this?

    Lisa sees something strange on Anne's face.

    ANNE: What?

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    Re: Which is correct? "on/in the face of - Person's face"?

    If you are consistent and you always use that format in your posts, it will be much clearer to us what you are getting at.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which is correct? "on/in the face of - Person's face"?

    Quote Originally Posted by ceciliafontes View Post
    Example:

    LISA: Oh, my god! What is this?

    Lisa sees something strange on Anne's face.

    ANNE: What?
    This would mean that there was something physically on her face and not a strange expression to me.

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