The/A mountain of family responsibilities had already descended in/on her head.

According to me, it is in her head.

But I am not 100% sure about the answer because in the net various answers are given.


A mountain & on her head.

Normally you will use on head if it's something like a responsibility because its more vocal than literal that those responsibilities fall.

So it's

A mountain of family responsibilities had already descended on her head.

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  • so why is it A and not The? – Ardent Mar 21 '19 at 18:57
  • Because it's indefinite. We won't know what are those! You can probably list those responsibilities but you can't be certain about the list. – yenkaykay Mar 21 '19 at 19:01
  • So What should be added to the above to use the? – Ardent Mar 21 '19 at 19:02
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    The problem had already descended on her hear. When you know about the problem. It's definite! – yenkaykay Mar 21 '19 at 19:04
  • So the responsibilities are not specific? So, we must use the only when responsibility is mentioned, for eg, the responsibility of taking care of his/her family? – Ardent Mar 21 '19 at 19:05

On for the sentence as written.

Reason: “Descend in” implies that the problems are already in her head and are moving. I think you mean that the problems are coming to her and collecting in her head. If you want to emphasize that the problems are in her head, I suggest

...already accumulated in her head.

or, if you want to keep “descended”

...already descended into her head.

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  • The OP's sentence looks like a typical English grammar question taken from a textbook, so they may not be able to rephrase the sentence. – Mari-Lou A Mar 22 '19 at 9:47

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