• Farmers_________chemical fertilizers and insecticides in their fields.

In the above sentence two words that comes to my mind one is 'Use' and the other is 'Apply' . Now my question is if I use anyone from these two words will be correct ?

And second question is what is the difference between 'use' and 'apply' if one of them is correct? (Depends on first question)

1 Answer 1


First off, "in their field" has a different meaning from "in their fields".

field (n): a particular branch of study or sphere of activity or interest.

"Use" is a more generic verb that can be used in a wide array of situations, but it's fine in this sentence.

Farmers use chemical fertilizers in their fields.

"Apply" is more specific as it means "to put on the surface of", either literally or metaphorically. Also, the common verb + preposition is "apply to":

Farmers apply chemical fertilizers and insecticides to their fields.

While this is grammatical, it would be more idiomatic to use "spray on", because this is specifically how fertilizers and insecticides are applied.

Farmers spray chemical fertilizers and insecticides on their fields.

  • Glad you cleared that one up. One wonders who is writing these exercises....
    – Lambie
    Commented Apr 3, 2018 at 20:36
  • I am sorry it was typo
    – user70421
    Commented Apr 4, 2018 at 3:26

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