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    The mountains are covered by snow vs. The mountains are covered with snow.

    I'm having a disagreement with a someone over the following sentences: "The mountains are covered by snow." and "The mountains are covered with snow."

    I said it was with because that is what we always say (in Canada where there's lots) but he thought it was 'by' since that's what you use with the passive many times. Is there one that is more correct than the other?

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    #2

    Re: The mountains are covered by snow vs. The mountains are covered with snow.

    I would use "with."

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    #4

    Re: The mountains are covered by snow vs. The mountains are covered with snow.

    "covered" is an adjective.
    1) "The toast was covered with jam." - adjective
    2) "The toast was covered with jam by Mother." - passive
    Only "mother" needs 'by' by virtue of being passive. 'Jam' doesn't, and nor does 'snow' in your sentence.

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    Re: The mountains are covered by snow vs. The mountains are covered with snow.

    I would use "with". You will hear "covered by ..." and most of us would know what was meant.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #6

    Re: The mountains are covered by snow vs. The mountains are covered with snow.

    You may also hear "covered in..."
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: The mountains are covered by snow vs. The mountains are covered with snow.

    "Are you covered against floods?"
    "Are you covered for Thursday afternoon?"

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