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He got out of the car. Looked up at the building, then at the body in/on his windshield.

If the body is lying outside his windshield, should it be in or on?

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  • Small objects can be embedded in a windshield, but you don't speak about large things being in a windshield, like a body. That's because bodies go through windshields, and don't stay stuck in them. You would use on if the body is lying across the windshield. Also, your second sentence is missing a subject. Mar 1, 2021 at 16:09

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If the windshield is still in one piece (if possibly shattered), and the body lies on top of it, on is the right choice.

In could be used if, for instance, the body has fallen hard enough to pierce the windshield and get embedded in it.

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  • Agreed that it's on or (draped) across the windshield. But I doubt in because this would imply that the body was somehow contained in the windshield. Possibly through the shattered windshield. Mar 1, 2021 at 15:38

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