I've just watched an episode of the British comedy series Blackadder, in which the "hero" is a soldier feigning madness so he'll be sent home and avoid the fighting. He put his underpants on his head and put two pencils up his nose as part of the ruse. I still have in mind this ridiculous image - but you can't be sure what that image is. The English I've used isn't precise enough. Did he have a pencil in each nostril, or two pencils in just the one? Precision can often be very important in writing, so here is a more precise description: He put his underpants on his head and a pencil into each of his nostrils. Nope! Still not precise enough to convey the image I saw. Perhaps the pencils were very short and not visible. Again: "He put his underpants on his head and had a pencil dangling from each nostril". The second useage of "put" is redundant now, eliminating the repetition of the verb - to have pencils dangling from nostrils requires they be put there. We don't know for sure who put them there. That action is not part of the image I am trying to convey to you. Also.... Can pencils "dangle" from nostrils? Not according to on-line dictionaries. "To dangle" means "to hang loosely and be able to swing to and fro". In my image, the pencils are in fact rigidly "sticking out". Another edit then: He put his underpants on his head and had a pencil sticking out from each nostril. or.... He put his underpants on his head and had a pencil sticking out of each nostril. Another decision needing to be made! But now you know what I saw on TV today. All this for one sentence! Are you sure you want to write? Further, note that I've used the words "in" and "into" in my writing about these pencils. Why? Because we use "in" when we refer to something static, and "into" when movement is involved. Thus: "He walked in the kitchen" means that he was in the kitchen, and walking. A little odd - we usually say that someone "is walking around the kitchen", perhaps in a state of nervousness.....a logical conclusion. The "being in the kitchen" is the static element, even though he was moving, so "in" would be correct if we didn't mean that he walked INTO the kitchen from another place. "He walked from the garden into the kitchen" is correct. Consider the following examples: "Please put the apples in the basket" is incorrect. "Please put the apples in the basket into the kitchen. The apples on the floor can stay there" is correct. "Please put the apples into the basket" is correct. Good fun or what?