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D00M
Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 6:24:15 PM

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Hello respected teachers,

A lot of the injuries were smoke inhalation, people were spitting out black tar that had gone on their lungs.

Why is it 'on' their lungs? Is 'to their lungs' wrong?

I am looking forward to your answers.
palapaguy
Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 7:06:27 PM

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I think the writer is using "on" in the sense of "onto," meaning covering the lungs.

"To" would be understandable as well.

Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Sunday, June 18, 2017 8:42:16 PM

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Hi D00M.

Not a good sentence - in fact quite bad.

Firstly it should be two sentences - the two clauses are independent and do not 'fit together' with just a comma.

You breathe air into your lungs, not 'onto'.
You could use "gone into" - but it's not good.
The use of 'tar' as the subject and "gone on" as the verb doesn't really work (it sounds like the tar crawled onto them).

A lot of the injuries were smoke inhalation. People were spitting out black tar which they had breathed into their lungs (inhaled).


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