# Thread: Note Expansion on 'plants - pots'

1. ## Note Expansion on 'plants - pots'

I encountered a problem with note expansion. The question is

- people - buy - local - plants - pots

i am wondering how the 'plants' and 'pots' can be connected.

These are my answers. Which of it is more acceptable?
1. Everyday, many people come to buy local plants and pot.
2. Everyday, many people come to buy local plants in pots.

or is there any better solution? Thanks!

2. ## Re: Note Expansion on 'plants - pots'

These are my answers. Which of it is more acceptable?
1. Everyday, many people come to buy local plants and pot.
2. Everyday, many people come to buy local plants in pots.
1. People are buying plants and people are buying pots. If they buy the two things seperately and put the plant in the pot themselves, then we can talk of buying 'plants and pots' or 'pots and plants.' If we rewrite your answer as 'Every day (in this usage, the two words should be seperated) many people come to buy local plants and pots', then we are saying that both the plants and the pots are local. Perhaps they are, but maybe we need to make a distinction about the origin of one or the other.

2. Again the two words every and day should be seperated. As written, its not clear whether you mean that people are buying plants that are in pots OR if people are coming in pots to buy plants . Of course it is absurd to imagine that people travel around in pots but in another situation the difference may not be so obvious.

If you mean that the plants are already in the pots when the people buy them, then we (NA) would call them potted plants. 'Every day, many people come to buy potted plants.' If you want to make a point that the plants are local, then say, 'Every day, many people come to buy potted local plants.'

3. ## Re: Note Expansion on 'plants - pots'

thank you very much, it is so detail.

If i would like to use the words given as it is,

Every day, many people come to buy local plants. The plants are in pots.

is this better?

4. ## Re: Note Expansion on 'plants - pots'

No

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