I find these irritating prepositions (?) in my writing and I am constantly editing the little tykes out. But the question is: When, if ever, is it okay to use them in narrative? Example 1: It looked, to the whole world, like his head was on fire. Example 2: It was as if her hair was finely spun gossamer threads. I find myself rehashing the narrative to remove them. Example 3: It gave him the appearance that his head was on fire. Example 4: Her hair shone gossamer gold. Comments / suggestions?