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    Post patted him on the back vs. patted his back

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    I have the following 3 pairs of sentences. I would like to know if the two expressions in each pair can be interchangeable, and/or if there are differences in meaning, what are they?

    1.
    1)The coach patted him on the back.
    2)The coach patted on his back.
    2.
    1)She caught me by the arm.
    2)She caught my arm.
    3
    1)He looked her in the eye/eyes. (which one is correct, eye or eyes?)
    2)He looked in her eyes.

    Thank you

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    Re: patted him on the back vs. patted his back

    1)The coach patted him on the back.
    2)The coach patted on his back.
    The first is to congratulate him or show some affection, while the second is more likely to mean that the coach wanted to attract his attention, though it's not a very natural sentence.
    1)She caught me by the arm.
    2)She caught my arm.
    The first was probably done with greater force or purpose- the second could have been accidental.
    1)He looked her in the eye/eyes. (which one is correct, eye or eyes?)
    2)He looked in her eyes.
    1- eye
    When you look someone in the eye, you are about to tell them something important, like an unpleasant truth.

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