hanging from just one toe

Discussion in 'English Only' started by quietdandelion, Oct 6, 2007.

  1. quietdandelion

    quietdandelion Banned

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    Formosa/Chinese
    Geckos can even support their whole weight hanging from just one toe.



    For me, it is more sensible to write "hanging by using just one toe" or "hanging on just one toe." Do my versions sound right? Thanks.
     
  2. Joelline

    Joelline Senior Member

    USA (W. Pennsylvania)
    American English
    Hi,

    Certainly "hanging by using just one toe" is correct and sounds good. On the other hand, "hanging on just one toe" sounds bizarre (after all, the animal doesn't hang ON one toe; he hangs on a branch by just one toe). I believe the most common English collocation would be "hanging by just one toe."
     
  3. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    Another idiomatic (thought slightly different) phrase would be "hanging on with just one toe."
     
  4. quietdandelion

    quietdandelion Banned

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    Thanks, Joelline, for the explanation.
    A minor aside, does "hanging from just one toe" sound good to you?
     
  5. quietdandelion

    quietdandelion Banned

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    Thanks, bibliolept, for the extra version.
    It sounds perfect to me.
     
  6. JamesM

    JamesM Senior Member

  7. quietdandelion

    quietdandelion Banned

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    Thanks, JamesM, for your confirmation and the link.
    I get it now.
     

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