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@navi posted:

Is this sentence correct:

1) The old man fell down his chair, dead.

Does it mean he was dead when he fell or that he died as a result of the fall?

Hello, Navi—I've never heard of someone falling down a chair, but presumably this would be similar to falling down a flight of stairs. In a cartoon world, I suppose, we could imagine a chair big enough for someone to fall down. 

In the normal case, however, one does not fall down a chair. Rather, one may fall down from a chair or fall off (of) a chair. The sentence "The old man fell down from his chair, dead" represents him as having been dead when he fell.

Last edited by David, Moderator

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