Example sentence:

Mary sprung to Nana and seized her by the arms.

A native English speaker changed that to sprung onto (I think the person is from Britain). However, Googles gives me more results with "sprung to X."

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    Can you include links to your google searches. – James K Feb 25 '18 at 10:55

The anonymous native English speaker you mention might find it hard to justify the change.

Sprung (in my experience) used to be just the past participle of the verb to spring.

But, as in your example, it is now often used in the past tense as an alternative to the usual past tense, sprang.

To spring to someone is an unusual phrase although it's perfectly correct.

To spring to is most often used in the sense of springing to attention or springing into action.

There is no reason to change it to spring onto (or spring on to) unless you want to say that Mary literally jumped on top of Nana, which seems most unlikely.

I note that sprung is also used in some circles to mean infatuated although it does not appear to be used in this sense in your example.



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