he burst into smiles

jesusguime

Banned
Chinese
Though John felt great pain, he burst into smile/smiles.


Hi,
Should I use smile or smiles in the above? Thanks.
 
  • CaptInvictus

    Senior Member
    English
    Wouldn't burst out be better? (I thought burst in/to was mainly used with tears...)
    Burst into smiles sounds better to me or burst out in smiles sounds good too.

    Although, I did write that incorrectly in my post above. Apologies.
     

    dougelly

    Member
    England, English
    I don't think I'd use "burst" with either "smile" or "smiles".

    "Burst into tears":tick: "Burst out laughing" :tick: But not "burst into smile(s)". You could say "his face broke into a smile".
     

    Tegs

    Mód ar líne
    English (Ireland)
    I agree with the latest posts; "burst into smiles" sounds like a mixture of two different idioms. You break into smiles, and burst into tears and laughter.
     
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