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    #1

    plaster cast

    Are these sentences correct on how to use "plaster cast"?
    1. I have a plaster cast on / around my arm.
    2. I'm wearing a plaster cast on / around my arm.
    3. The doctor put a plaster cast on / around my arm.
    4. My arm is on / in a plaster cast.
    Please help me with the correct form(s) and the preposition. And if there are other ways to say similar sentences, please let me know.

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    #2

    Re: plaster cast

    1-3 - on
    4 - in

    Quite often (more often than not) we* omit 'cast' (although it's not wrong in any of your examples). 'The doctor put my arm in plaster.'

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    PS *Speakers of Br Eng. See post # 4
    Last edited by BobK; 09-Oct-2012 at 11:38. Reason: Added PS

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    #3

    Re: plaster cast

    Note that when we omit "cast", we also omit the article and use "in plaster" as the description of the broken limb.

    I have a plaster cast on my leg.
    My leg is in plaster.
    The doctor put my leg in plaster.
    I currently have my leg in plaster.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #4

    Re: plaster cast

    The opposite seems to be true in the US. I would say that the doctor put my arm in a cast.

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    #5

    Re: plaster cast

    I had a "We, Paleface?" moment. I've add a PS to my original post.

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    #6

    Re: plaster cast

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    The opposite seems to be true in the US. I would say that the doctor put my arm in a cast.
    I think that's true for BrE as I would use:
    My doctor put my arm in a cast.
    My doctor put a cast on my arm.

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    #7

    Re: plaster cast

    I guess we use both then. In BrE, I'd say "in plaster" more frequently than "in a cast".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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