a curl dropped <to><onto> the ground

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ullas84

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turkish
Never had Sergeant Troy managed his sword better than today.
'your hair is a little untidy ' he said.
'Allow me' and before she could move or speak ,a curl dropped to the ground.

Far from the madding crowd byThomas Hardy

is not the preposition supposed to be ''onto'' because there is a movement and curl dropped on the ground.

'Allow me' and before she could move or speak ,a curl dropped onto the ground.
 
  • JulianStuart

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    English (UK then US)
    Onto would also be grammatically correct, but "fall/drop to the ground" is perfectly normal.

    (It's unlikely that you will find an English error in Thomas Hardy's work - unless it's an OCR error:))
     
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