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    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    #1

    onto/to her

    I threw my love letter onto her when she was going by my house.

    I threw my love letter to her when she was going by house.


    What is the difference in meaning between these sentences?

    I can't find any differences.

    Please help me.


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    #2

    Re: onto/to her

    If you throw your letter onto her, you are throwing it so that it lands on top of her [and would be a very rude thing to do]

    If you throw your letter to her, you are throwing it so that she can catch it in her hands [still not very polite]

    To make clear the differences between "to/into/onto" look here: Prepositions of Direction: To, On (to), In (to)


    • Join Date: Jan 2007
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    #3

    Re: onto/to her

    Thank you Anglika. Also for that wonderful site about prepositions.

    If I said the original sentence as, "I threw my love letter on her", what it could mean?

    I could understand it the same as in the case of "onto".
    Could you help me?


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
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    #4

    Re: onto/to her

    on = preposition of location > on a surface.

    Here is the link for this: Prepositions of Location: At, In, On

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