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    Preposition

    I caught him by the hand.
    I was bitten on the cheek.
    He hit her on the head.
    They hit him in the stomach.

    How do I know what is the correct preposition to use?

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    Re: Preposition

    You don't. You just need to get used to them.
    The ones you've given are correct.

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    #3

    Re: Preposition

    If an incorrect one was used, for example 'hit him at the stomach, would it be unnatural or confused?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    If an incorrect one was used, for example 'hit him at the stomach, would it be unnatural or confused?
    They hit him in the stomach They hit him at the stomach......I feel like they both hit his stomach...

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    Re: Preposition

    'They hit him at the stomach' is unnatural, confused, non-colloquial, and wrong.

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    #6

    Re: Preposition

    When we specify the area of the body with the word "hit" (or associated verbs), we frequently use "in".

    She hit me in the face.
    He punched her in the stomach.
    They kicked him in the leg.
    I hit him in the head.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by anniebobo View Post
    How do I know what is the correct preposition to use?
    Consult a teacher if available. If not, consult a dictionary like the one below.
    'Hit someone on the shoulder/cheek/arm etc.'
    'Hit someone in the face/eye/stomach.'
    ── quoted from http://www.macmillandictionary.com/d...hit_1#hit_1__1

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'They hit him at the stomach' is unnatural, confused, non-colloquial, and wrong.
    Would the perceived meaning be affected?
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post

    Would the perceived meaning be affected?
    Well, the intended meaning might not be perceived.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 25-Sep-2016 at 10:56. Reason: Fixed typo

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    #9

    Re: Preposition

    Quote Originally Posted by anniebobo View Post
    He hit her on the head.
    They hit him in the stomach.
    The preposition in these sentences pointing at a location for same verb 'hit'. I think the only way to learn them is to get familiar with them.

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    Re: Preposition

    I think 'at' means the action was aimed at some part of the body.
    How would native speakers understand it?
    I am not a teacher.

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