I fell on / to a bit of broken glass

JACEK1

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Hello all members!

Today I heard the following sentence spoken in Polish on TV.

I fell on / to pieces of broken glass (literal translation from Polish).

Maybe it should be "I fell over and cut myself on a bit of broken glass".

What is your opinion?

Thank you
 

Charlie Bernstein

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"Onto" and "bit" are fine, but in American English we're more likely to say "on" and "piece."

I don't know how Britons would say it.
 

emsr2d2

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"Bit" is OK in BrE but I'd say either "piece" or "shard".
 

Tdol

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In BrE, you could use either on or onto.
 
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