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    Question Which one is correct?

    Which one is correct?
    1. The farmer is ploughing in the field.
    2. The farmer is ploughing the field.


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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Both

    #1 answers the question "Where is the farmer?"
    #2 answers the question "What is the farmer doing?"

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Irshad Alam View Post
    Which one is correct?
    1. The farmer is ploughing in the field.
    2. The farmer is ploughing the field.
    The first one doesn't sound natural to me. (having grown up on a farm)
    And I would say that the answer to 'Where is the farmer?' is '(The farmer is) in the field.'

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    #4

    Re: Which one is correct?

    How about The farmer is ploughing in the xxx field as an answer to the same question?

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    How about The farmer is ploughing in the xxx field as an answer to the same question?
    I'm not sure which question you mean.

    Where is the farmer?
    He's in the wheat field.

    What is the farmer doing?
    1...He's checking the wheat field to see how many weeds there are.
    2...He's ploughing the wheat field.

    I just wouldn't say "ploughing in the field". It almost makes me want to ask 'What is he ploughing in the field?'
    Actually, he is ploughing the field itself.
    At least that is a Canadian farmer's perspective.

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    Re: Which one is correct?

    I think that the second sentence The farmer is ploughing the field is a better choice; I have always heard it like that.

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