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    Question exception to the use of the preposition to

    hi. i have been using the preposition with in this sentence 'the field is planted with rice". recently, i came across a grammar book which states that the right preposition to use in this sentence is "to", so that the sentence will read as "the field is planted to rice". is this really correct? please clarify. thank you.


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    Re: exception to the use of the preposition to

    land is 'planted to' rice/teak/alfalfa etc.

    'planted with' has crept into use but those doing the planting, and those that know about such things, will say 'planted to'.

    I may plant a flower bed with dahlias etc., but agriculturally, some land is given over to the production of a crop - hence, 'planted to rice (production)'

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    Re: exception to the use of the preposition to

    Quote Originally Posted by lady han View Post
    hi. i have been using the preposition with in this sentence 'the field is planted with rice". recently, i came across a grammar book which states that the right preposition to use in this sentence is "to", so that the sentence will read as "the field is planted to rice". is this really correct? please clarify. thank you.
    While David is undoubtedly correct, I don't think there are many native English speakers who actually know the jargon of rice planting. I certainly wouldn't argue against "a rice field has been planted with rice", even though "The field has been given over to stock grazing, wheat, etc." is common usage.


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    Re: exception to the use of the preposition to

    chalk one more post up on your quest, Alexander.

    (I trust that such forebearance on my part is appreciated by the Powers. There are more modern day allusions, dating from 1815, that I could have used for comparison. I am not a blinkered Neville Chamberlain.)
    Last edited by David L.; 02-Nov-2008 at 18:02.

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    Re: exception to the use of the preposition to

    Quote Originally Posted by lady han View Post
    hi. i have been using the preposition with in this sentence 'the field is planted with rice". recently, i came across a grammar book which states that the right preposition to use in this sentence is "to", so that the sentence will read as "the field is planted to rice". is this really correct? please clarify. thank you.

    If I were you I wouldn't worry about this exception. The BNC has 56 hits for "planted with [n*]", and three for "planted to [n*]" - one of those being a typo.

    I'd agree with Raymott, except that I'd call it the jargon not just of rice planters but of edible crop farmers of all kinds. Here's an excerpt of those BNC hits:
    1 PLANTED WITH TREES 7
    2 PLANTED WITH CHARDONNAY 3
    3 PLANTED WITH FLOWERS 2
    4 PLANTED WITH GRASSES 2
    5 PLANTED WITH HERBS 2
    6 PLANTED WITH RICE 2
    7 PLANTED WITH MAIZE 2
    8 PLANTED WITH WILLOW 2
    9 PLANTED WITH WATER 2
    10 PLANTED WITH SHRUBS 2
    ...
    British National Corpus (BYU-BNC)

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    Re: exception to the use of the preposition to

    lady han

    You now have the choice.
    If you are looking at a field and see cotton plants, then it is planted 'with cotton'.
    If you are looking at a field and see the purpose of these plants, then the field is 'planted to cotton'.

    Let's not just go on what the masses just happen to say, as sampled in BNC. Let's preserve clarity of thinking ...and it's verbalized expression.
    Last edited by David L.; 02-Nov-2008 at 17:28.

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    Re: exception to the use of the preposition to

    Hello,
    Not a teacher.
    I like the nuances of language, and I like doing research.

    I went to google and did a search within a site or domain : International Crop Science Congress

    planted to : 60
    planted with : 29

    but I'm short of time at the moment so I'm not able to go through the results.

    btw.
    My first impression was:
    "planted to" I saw an empty field, just the soil
    "planted with" was green

    Cheers.
    Last edited by Jaskin; 03-Nov-2008 at 10:31.


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    Re: exception to the use of the preposition to

    An astute observation and a brilliant deduction.

    We have to face the fact, that some of us smell the roses, and others just calculate the profit margin when they are taken to market. Our choice of words can betray us, accordingly.
    Last edited by David L.; 03-Nov-2008 at 13:26.

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