A shower of hardened mud fell <to/on> the ground

Couch Tomato

Senior Member
Russian & Dutch
A shower of hardened mud fell to the ground.
(A Wild Sheep Chase – Haruki Murakami)

Would "on" instead of "to" also work here without changing the meaning?
  • exgerman

    Senior Member
    English but my first language was German
    To me. fell to the ground describes the process of falling (I see the mud as it falls), fell onto the ground or fell on the ground describes the result of the fall (I see the mud on the ground after it fell).

    To implies motion, on doesn't.
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