I have a question about the difference between verbs "put" and "place" in this context:

  1. The doctor put him on antibiotics.
  2. The doctor placed him on antibiotics.

Any difference between "put" and "place"?

  • No real difference. "Put" is more colloquial whilst "placed is probably more correct. – Mick Sep 23 '16 at 20:53
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    "Placed" is more common than "put" in writing, which surprises me. "Put" seems more natural to me, but that's probably because it's more colloquial. This is borne out by the fact that "put" is more common in fiction. – stangdon Sep 23 '16 at 21:13
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    @stangdon: Sounds like a good basis for an answer! – Nathan Tuggy Sep 23 '16 at 22:38
  • He was put on notice. He was placed on notice. Placed is far less colloquial (corroborating @stangdon). To my ear, it sounds stilted, as if it were simply avoiding the word put. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Sep 23 '16 at 22:39

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