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    Smile wear/put on

    Hello everybody,

    in a sentence: I've got red hair, so I never put on/wear red clothes or I'd look silly.

    Why is wear better than put on?

    Thank you!

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    Re: wear/put on

    I would say both are ok.

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    Re: wear/put on

    Quote Originally Posted by magdalena View Post
    I would say both are ok.
    (except for the 'never').
    Quote Originally Posted by kukinecka View Post
    Hello everybody,

    in a sentence: I've got red hair, so I never put on/wear red clothes or I'd look silly.

    Why is wear better than put on?

    Thank you!
    'Wear' is habitual or descriptive (habit - 'he always wore'/description - 'he was wearing')
    'Put on' refers to an event. (To make it descriptive, use 'have on' - 'She had a red coat on' = 'She was wearing a red coat.)

    So the red-haired person doesn't wear red clothes. But on any particular day s/he doesn't put on red clothes either. But as s/he is unlikely to have bought any red clothes in the first place, 'put on' is unlikely to be used. It could be though, with - say - borrowed clothes.

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