Did you see a little boy falling back in a wobbly chair?

wanabee

Senior Member
Japanese
Dear all,

Did you see a little boy falling back in a wobbly chair? I thought he was going to get hurt.

I made those up. Did the wobbly chair fall back [to the floor] with the boy, or did the boy fall back into the chair? Which would be your interpretation?
 
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I would assume that the wobbly chair fell backward along with the unfortunate little boy, although the sentence isn't worded very clearly.
     

    Hermione Golightly

    Senior Member
    British English
    The idea of somebody 'falling back' into/in a chair is not clear at all. It might be a problem of vocabulary not being precise enough or the idea being too compressed or lacking focus: for example we might need to talk about '... falling over backwards ...', or '... the boy (sitting) on the wobbly chair...'. Was it the boy who fell backwards or the chair? Do we want to use 'saw the boy falling ' or 'saw the boy fall'?
     

    hkr996

    New Member
    Hindi
    I think that the boy was was falling back on the floor but the chair was in the his way so "boy fall back into the
    chair"
     
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