seal on (intransitive)

Discussion in 'English Only' started by ridgemao, Apr 21, 2017 at 5:25 PM.

  1. ridgemao

    ridgemao Senior Member

    Beijing
    Mandarin Chinese
    Hello, everyone:

    This is a recording from a native American teacher:

    The difference between cap and lid is that a cap usually seals on something. For example, in pictures(link2) 2 and 3 the cap seals on the bottle. You must unscrew it to take it off. A lid just covers something. Lid and cover can be used interchangeably. They mean the same thing.

    1. a cap usually seals on something.
    2. a cap usually seals something.

    WR dictionary says "seal" is transitive, so I think #1 is incorrect and #2 is correct.

    Am I right? Thank you.
     
  2. Retired-teacher Senior Member

    British English
    I agree that you normally say "the cap seals the bottle". In this case I think the writer wanted to emphasis that the cap goes onto the top of the bottle
     
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