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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?
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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