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Flowers are planted in the garden. [planted: past participle, past tense of plant]

Flowers are planting in the garden. [planting: present participle of plant]

What is the meaning of the above two sentences?

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Flowers are planted in the garden means that Flowers are being planted in the garden. Flowers are planting in the garden means that the Flowers are doing some planting of their own in the garden, which is quite unusual.

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  • what about this one "we are planting Flowers in my garden" and "Flowers are planted in my garden". what is the meaning of above two sentences. – user1114 Mar 21 '13 at 9:23
  • They both make sense. "We are planting flowers in my garden" has the same meaning as "Flowers are being planted in my garden by us" – SmokerAtStadium Mar 21 '13 at 9:24
  • @Radu: You can leave off the by us in that sentence; I think most native speakers would omit that. Moreover, I think it would be rare to hear someone word it that way (although you're right about the meaning). I think the second structure would be more likely to be heard if someone else was doing the planting, e.g.: The landscaper is coming tomorrow; flowers are being planted in the garden. – J.R. Mar 21 '13 at 9:42
  • @J.R. I know, that's why I emphasized it. I imagined that this is a question from a non-native speaker so I added it just to be crystal clear – SmokerAtStadium Mar 21 '13 at 10:21

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