fall over a waterfall to their deaths

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arueng

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CHINESE
At the end of the story, Holmes and Moriarty fight and fall over a waterfall to their deaths.


Hi,

Is it right to understand "to their deaths" in the above as "and they die?"
Thanks in advance.
 
  • hotpocket

    Senior Member
    American English / Boston
    Hi,

    'To their deaths' is inseparable from 'fall.'

    To fall to one's death = To die on impact as a result of falling

    Think of the sentence like this...

    At the end of the story, Holmes and Moriarty fight, and fall [over a waterfall] to their deaths.

    Does this help?

    Hotpocket
     
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    spodulike

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    English - England
    At the end of the story, Holmes and Moriarty fight and fall over a waterfall to their deaths.
    Hi,
    Is it right to understand "to their deaths" in the above as "and they die?"
    Thanks in advance.
    I would say yes.

    Examples
    They fell to the ground
    They fell to the rocks beneath
    They fell into the pool at the bottom
    They fell to their deaths

    I disagree with hotpocket. As anyone who has ever parachuted will tell you it is not the falling that can kill you but the landing.
     
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