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Margaret Moore

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Chinese
Hi, everyone.
He fell into a 5-meter-deep ice hole.
"Fall into" in this sentence means he fell into the bottom of the hole or just got stuck with half of his body above the hole?
If I want to express his whole body wasn't totally in the hole, we can see him when we are a few meters away from the hole, which expression should I use?
Thanks!
 
  • entangledbank

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    English - South-East England
    It doesn't mean he hit the bottom, but it does suggest it. You can negate the suggestion: He fell down a hundred-metre cliff, but fortunately landed on a shelf (or got caught on a bush) only five metres from the top. Mentioning the distance suggests either the distance he did fall, or the distance he could have fallen if the worst had happened.
     
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