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    #1

    ...was flying TO our faces

    Is preposition TO possible in the following sentence? If yes, will the meaning change if we use IN?
    The spray was flying TO (IN) our faces (when we were riding a speedboat).
    If I were a native speaker of English, I would never shut up. :-)

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    Re: ...was flying TO our faces

    No. Say "to" or "into."
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 02-Jun-2016 at 18:18. Reason: Changing 'Nope' to 'No'.
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    #3

    Re: ...was flying TO our faces

    Do you mean 'in' or 'into'? That is what I would advise.

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    Re: ...was flying TO our faces

    Woops! You're right. I was typing faster than I was thinking.

    I meant "in" or "into."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    #5

    Re: ...was flying TO our faces

    Does 'onto' work?
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    #6

    Re: ...was flying TO our faces

    Beware of the idiom "to fly in the face of", meaning something like "show open hostility to". (I suspect this might have something to do with flags.)

    b

    PS To clarify, in this case the face is metaphorical; so is the flying.

    PPS I'm obsessing about this because the collocation of "fly" with "in the face of" is so strong that any other use of these words (in a case involving drops of water and a physical face) runs the risk of sounding unintentionally humorous.
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