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If someone is eating and that falls on the person by mistake, what will be a natural way to describe that? Actually a kid's eating and when he throws it on himself, his mom asks him to be more careful and the boy replies:

I threw it on myself, not you.

It fell on me, not you.

What sounds better #1 or #2? What would you use if neither of these sound natural?

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  • I have a sloppy child. I would say, "It spilled on me, not on you." Jun 23 '19 at 5:48
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Purely in terms of describing falls on the person by mistake, then I threw it would not be a good fit.

To say I threw it implies intention on the part of the person doing the throwing. If it's unintentional, then, between the two phrases, it fell on me is a better description—because it has no direct agent for the action.


Another way of expressing it could be I dropped it on myself by mistake. The addition of by mistake helps express the fact that it was an accident.

Note that dropped is a specific verb that by mistake works with. It would sound odd to say I threw it on myself by mistake. So, regardless of the additional wording, the verb throw isn't the right choice in this context.

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  • So does "it fell on me" sound natural or will it be better to use "it dropped on me."? Jun 22 '19 at 13:12
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    And will it be natural to use "it dropped on me" Or will it only be "I dropped it on me". Jun 22 '19 at 13:13
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    @It'saboutEnglish There's no clear expression that's better. I would personally say I dropped it by mistake (if not something totally different like it was an accident), but there's nothing wrong with the other expressions. (Except for the one with throw, which I would avoid.) Jun 22 '19 at 13:16
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    And should it be "I dropped it on me" Or "I dropped it on myself". Jun 22 '19 at 13:27
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    @It'saboutEnglish It's I dropped it on myself but it dropped on me. The first is reflexive, the second is not. Jun 22 '19 at 13:48

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