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    Question Meaning sentence

    Hello, I am a learner,

    I would to know the difference between the two sentences below:

    'He put on his coat and left the house', and 'He put his coat and left the house'.

    It get a bit hairy for me to understand the function of the preposition 'on' in the first phrase. I appreciate if someone show me the way.

    Thanks.

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    Re: Meaning sentence

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    Well, to put on something means to dress in that item. If you put on a cloak, you're wearing it.

    Without the on, he would simply place the cloak somewhere, but you would need to specify where. For example: "He put his cloak on the coat hook."

    Therefore the second sentence doesn't really make any sense.

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    Re: Meaning sentence

    Dear sir,
    Concerning the use of the verb "put", it should be used in your sentence as a phrasal verb ( verb + prep/adv) like "put on" which is important to get a complete and correct meaning in your sentence. Thus, you should say "put on one's coat" and not "put one's coat."

    Yours sincerely
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    Question Re: Meaning sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by Kätzchen View Post
    Disclaimer: I'm no teacher

    Well, to put on something means to dress in that item. If you put on a cloak, you're wearing it.

    Without the on, he would simply place the cloak somewhere, but you would need to specify where. For example: "He put his cloak on the coat hook."

    Therefore the second sentence doesn't really make any sense.
    Hi,

    If I understand well, the meaning of the second sentence can be, he put his coat on the sofa and after he left the house without the coat.

    I'm right?

    See you soon.

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    Re: Meaning sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by The French View Post
    Hi,

    If I understand well, the meaning of the second sentence can be, he put his coat on the sofa and after he left the house without the coat.

    I'm right?

    See you soon.
    Yes, it could mean that he put the coat anywhere except on himself.

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