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    #1

    put in vs put on

    Dear sir,

    Which one is / are correct? What are their differences. Thanks!

    a.I would like to put some tomatoes in my hot dog.
    b.I would like to put some tomatoes on my hot dog.
    or just write
    c. I would like to put in some tomatoes.

    Delphine

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    #2

    Re: put in vs put on

    You would need some sort of needle or injection device to put something in the hot dog.

    Only b is correct.

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    #3

    Re: put in vs put on

    Quote Originally Posted by Delphine View Post
    some tomatoes.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    I think (think!) that it is accurate to say that some (some!) native speakers might be more comfortable with "I would like put in / add some tomato." (not "tomatoes.")

    For example, I believe that it is more natural to say "I would like to put in some onion, too." (Not: "onions.")

    Perhaps we can interpret "tomato" as "tomato slices" or something like that.

    I did some googling, and it seems that some (many?) people find it more natural to say something like: "I'm going to put in some tomato, onion, and pickle."

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