Regarding the plane in the picture. What word should I use:

The plane is/was standing/resting/staying/sitting/something else on the ground.

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    To describe that picture, I would just say, "The plane is on the ground." If you really must explicitly specify there is no ground motion, "resting" sounds best to me of those choices.
    – RichF
    Feb 5, 2017 at 6:19
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    Perhaps, "parked on the ground" to note that it is turned off and stationary. Feb 5, 2017 at 6:20

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In aviation terminology, you say "The plane is on the ground".


Actually, I would describe the pilot standing next to the plane as resting. E.g

I can see an old black and white photo of a pilot (who is) resting against a single-seat plane on the ground.

If you also wanted to describe the aircraft itself in the picture, you could call it a monoplane because it has a single main wing, and a single seat.

If the OP's request was prompted by a multiple test question, then standing would be the next best option; e.g. “The plane is/was standing on the ground”

9. (of things) to be in an upright or vertical position, be set on end, or rest on or as on a support.

While resting is also a possibility, it would suggest that the aircraft had recently landed and was expected to take off sometime soon.

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