San
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San asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 month ago

Which word is correct?

Exhausted, he let himself fall (on / onto / in) the bed.

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  • 1 month ago
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    This is an example of English being weird.

    If you're ON a bed it implies you're using it like a seat.

    If you're IN a bed it means you're using it like a bed.

    Either example could be correct, but which one would be best depends on the context. Is he so exhausted that he literally just walks in and collapses on the bed? Onto would be fine - it would actually be better because it emphasizes your point of how tired he is. However if he was just normally tired you wouldn't say "he got onto the bed to sleep", it makes it sound like he needs to climb on the bed to get somewhere higher or something.

    • San
      Lv 5
      1 month agoReport

      Thanks!

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  • IOM
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The most natural choice would be "on".

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  • 1 month ago

    He fell onto the bed

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  • Matt
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    on or onto both work

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