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Do these sentences mean the same thing?

A. The man stumbled on the haunted house.

B. The man stumbled across the haunted house.


5 Answers

  • 3 weeks ago
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    Taking the first sentence literally wouldn't make sense (in this case, at least) because you physically can't stumble on (top of) a (haunted) house. But "stumble on" doesn't make sense figuratively here either. 

    On the other hand, "stumble across" makes sense (figuratively) when you are talking about discovering something unexpectedly. All of the sudden, you stumbled across (found) the haunted house. 

    Additionally, you can quite literally stumble across the haunted house, I suppose. Maybe you lost your balance walking from one room to another.

  • Marli
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago

    I agree with the others that "stumbled on" means "stumbled over" or "tripped over"  and "stumbled across" means "discovered by accident".

    But "stumbled upon" also means "discovered by accident".

    Merriam-Webster says the sentences mean the same thing.  Who am I  to argue with a dictionary?

    stumble across/on/onto/upon idiom

    Definition of stumble across/on/onto/upon

    : to find or learn about (something) unexpectedly

    I stumbled across/on/upon this book by chance.

    We stumbled onto/across the ruins of an old fort.

    They stumbled on/upon a bizarre plot.

    He stumbled onto the truth.

    “Stumble across/on/onto/upon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

  • Anonymous
    3 weeks ago

    You either stumble upon or stumble across in the sense of find.

    Stumble on means tripped up.

  • geezer
    Lv 7
    3 weeks ago


    If you ''stumble across'' something it means that you discover something .. or find it by accident.

    If you ''stumble on'' something it literally means that you trip over it and fall fowards.

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  • 3 weeks ago

    No. A person can't stumble on a house. Stumbling on something means you tripped on it. Stumbling onto a haunted house means you accidentally came across it. The same as the second sentence.

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