Re: Present tence copulative verbs

From: lakr (
Date: Wed Sep 02 1998 - 12:36:40 EDT

> At 12:08 PM 9/2/98 -0400, Jonathan Robie wrote:
> Sharon sprayed water on the plants.
> Sharon sprayed the plants with water.

Sharon sprayed water into the plant. [ one of those swamp plants that
                                        looks like a horn of plenty ]

Sharon sprayed the plant with water. [ the one which contained the water ]
> Carla poured lemonade into the pitcher.
> Carla poured the pitcher with lemonade. **

> I imagine that most people can't really give me a good explanation for why
> the above verbs behave as they do, especially since the verbs are closely
> related.
> Jonathan

Jonathan, are you sure it is the verb ?

Larry Kruper

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