He went over to the mirror, ripped it off the wall, and hurled it on/to the floor, shattering it.

Which one of "on" and "to" is correct?

  • Both are correct. – Michael Harvey Feb 6 at 12:22
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    I thought these kinds of questions were not allowed.... – Lambie Feb 6 at 19:50

Both are correct, but to is much more common in American English. We usually use to with verbs expressing motion, like hurled, but on or onto are also acceptable. Different prepositions can be more or less idiomatic to use with different verbs: compare the graphs for "dropped it * the floor", "threw it * the floor", "hurled it * the floor", and "flung it * the floor".

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