Following a discussion on Russian facebook page, will you say "...hook from which a body hangs" or " ... hook on which a body hangs". The claim was that both ways are acceptable, is it right?

  • And what will be your answer after typo is corrected? – Cyrill O. Oct 25 '19 at 0:36
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    Your word placement is non idiomatic. I'd say "hook which a body hangs from/on". Note that some people say sentences should not end with prepositions, but "that is the sort of nonsense up with which I will not put" (Winston Churchill quote). – AndyT Oct 25 '19 at 8:14

One subtle difference is whether the object is directly attached to the hook:

  • A fish is hanging on a hook. (The hook is physically in the fish.)
  • A mountain climber is hanging from a hook in the cliff. (A rope connects them.)
  • A jacket is hanging on a hook.
  • A flowerpot is hanging from a hook in the ceiling.
  • I think you could still be directly attached to a hook, but not have it impale you, and still use from, e.g. if there's a hook in the cliff and my fingers are wrapped around it, I'd probably say I was hanging from a hook. So for me it's less about direct attachment, and more about impalement. – AndyT Oct 25 '19 at 8:16

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