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    Phrasal verb "dig up"

    I have tried to use "dig up" in my sentences. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    Bob went first into his garden, dug up soil and planted some roses. Then he went to his orchard, dug up again and planted some young plum trees.
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    Re: Phrasal verb "dig up"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I have tried to use "dig up" in my sentences. Would you please correct my mistakes?

    Bob went first into his garden, dug up soil and planted some roses. Then he went to his orchard, dug again and planted some young plum trees.
    The first "dug up" is right. The second should just be "dug."
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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    Re: Phrasal verb "dig up"

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Bob went first into his garden, dug up soil and planted some roses.
    The problem there is the word "soil" which appears to take focus in that sentence. You might use that if, e.g., you were talking about some issue related to the soil. Here, try something like "a small patch" instead. You can use "dug up another (patch)" in the second. Also consider using "plum saplings" instead of "young plum trees" in the second.

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    Re: Phrasal verb "dig up"

    I use dig up in a different way, to mean 'take out of the ground'.

    dig a hole
    dig the garden

    dig up weeds
    dig up treasure
    dig up information

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    Re: Phrasal verb "dig up"

    We usually "dig over" or "turn over" the soil before "digging a hole" - we then put the plant (in this case, the rosebush) into the hole.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Phrasal verb "dig up"

    I am wondering if my sentence would be correct like this:

    I went into my garden, dug over a patch and planted some potatoes and spinach.

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