WOTW: plant

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triplo word of the week - plant

 

今週の #WOTW は「plant」です。’Plant’ is a noun and a verb which does not always have to do with plants but with crime. ‘How’s that?’, you ask? Keep reading to find out about that and couple more interesting uses!

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First, the noun:

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- He keeps lots of plants on his balcony. (a living thing that grows in earth, usually with leaves, stems, flowers… and that produces seeds)

- Germany will close all its nuclear plants by 2022. (an industrial facility or factory)

- She cried and cried and insisted she was innocent, that the bloody knife in her kitchen was a plant. (something illegal or compromising secretly put among somebody’s belongings to make them look as if the have committed a crime)

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Let’s have a look at the verb now:

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- I keep planting trees and they keep dying. There must be something in the soil. (to put a plant in the ground or a pot with soil so that it grows)

- He planted himself in front of me, blocking the way. (to put oneself or something firmly somewhere)

- Her comment planted doubts in me about the right thing to do. (to cause an idea or story to exist)

- Somebody must have planted the money in my account. I swear I have nothing to do with it! (to secretly put something illegal or suspicious in somebody’s belongings to make it look as if they committed a crime or something illicit)

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We will leave you with a phrasal verb:

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- [plant something out] You can’t plant avocado trees out in Tokyo. They won’t make it through the winter. (to put a plant into the ground outside, usually for it to continue to grow)

- [plant something out] How long should I wait until I can plant the strawberries out? (see above)

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発音は /plɑːnt/[UK] とか/plænt/[US]です。音節は1つで、最後に「O」の音はありません。また来週!

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