Poke someone in the eye

Be careful with that umbrella or you’ll poke someone in the eye.

Question: Is that okay to just say “poke someone’s eye” instead of “poke someone in the eye”?

Thank you!!!

Yes, that is completely acceptable.

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You could say “poke someone’s eye”, but it does not sound natural. “Poke someone in the eye” sounds more natural, and the most natural-sounding is “poke someone’s eye out”.


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You’ll shoot your eye out, kid.

I agree with jostroot. I would either say ‘you’ll poke someone in the eye’ or ‘you’ll poke someone’s eye out.’

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