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Postby Sang-heui, Kim » Wed Oct 06, 2004 1:20 pm

Hi,

What's the differences?

(1) They look their mother in the eye
(2) They look into their mother's eyes

Your answers will be greatly appreciated.

Yours.
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Postby Alan » Thu Oct 07, 2004 3:20 am

'To look smb. in the eye' means 'to look squarely at someone', normally for the purpose of communicating something important, or perhaps to discern whether the other person is being truthful.

'To look into smb.'s eyes' implies that the action is carried out more in the manner of an inspection (perhaps in order to discern the presence or otherwise of romantic affection!), and typically lacks the implication of impending serious communication.
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Thanks for your clear answer!

Postby Sang-heui, Kim » Thu Oct 07, 2004 11:06 am

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