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Excited about the news, I hurried to her house and broke it to her. She got all excited, jumped up and down and eventually jumped on me. Losing my balance, I fell back on the ground and she flipped half a turn, landing above my head face up.

Is the above confusing? Do you imagine us ended up lying on the group head to head forming a straight line? If not, which part has thrown you off?

Thanks.
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Hi,
It's pretty hard to figure out and she flipped half a turn, landing above my head face up. Unless she, or both of them, are gymnasts.

Clive
How would you express the same idea?
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"Tumbled head over heels?"
Thanks, Mr. Wordy. Can I follow it with "landing above my head face up"? Does it sound natural?
I'd probably say "landing face up above my head".

I have a slight problem with "above my head" though. It conjures up images of some unlikely contortions, possibly involving levitation. To make "above" fit your explanation, I seem to have to re-orient the "above-below" axis from the vertical to the horizontal, and it gets kind of confusing.

"landing face up behind me" sounds better to my ears, if it means roughly what you have in mind.
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Hi,
Basically, we are just guessing at what you mean.
Clive
Mr Wordylanding face up behind me" sounds better to my ears
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I feared that it was confusing, which is why I provided an additional description later. What I have in mind is both of us lying face up on the floor head to head forming a straight line. I hope that's what the suggested expresion means, as follows:

tumbled head over heels, landing face up behind me.
Hi,
tumbled head over heels, landing face up behind me.
This doesn't convey the idea that the top of her head is next to the top of my head.

To describe such things precisely takes quite a few words.
But then we don't usually care about such a degree of precision.

Clive
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