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    To apply...

    What is the correct variant:
    1.to apply smt ON a certain surface
    2.to apply smt TO a certain surface?
    I know there are many meanings for this verb, but I need the one that means "to attach".
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    Re: To apply...

    Зависит от чего вы накладываете/применяете/и т.д. и на что. Дайте примеры или детали
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    Re: To apply...

    Например, наносить полирующее средство на поверхность стола.
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    Re: To apply...

    Quote Originally Posted by Agnetha
    Например, наносить полирующее средство на поверхность стола.
    В этом случае -- TO

    apply polish to the table surface

    в аналогичных случаях тоже TO

    с apply может использоваться ONTO тоже

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    Re: To apply...

    Apply the glue to the top of the table --correct
    Place your hand on the table --correct
    Apply glue remover on your hand --incorrect
    "apply" never goes with "on"

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    Re: To apply...

    Quote Originally Posted by paulb
    Apply the glue to the top of the table --correct
    Place your hand on the table --correct
    Apply glue remover on your hand --incorrect
    "apply" never goes with "on"
    (I think I need to qualify this)
    I think it depends on the order of words. If apply becomes intransitive, I think ON can be used.
    What do you think?
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    Re: To apply...

    Quote Originally Posted by quartz
    Quote Originally Posted by paulb
    Apply the glue to the top of the table --correct
    Place your hand on the table --correct
    Apply glue remover on your hand --incorrect
    "apply" never goes with "on"
    (I think I need to qualify this)
    I think it depends on the order of words. If apply becomes intransitive, I think ON can be used.
    What do you think?
    I don't remember ever hearing it.

    It looks like dictionary.com allows it in usage 13:
    "to lay or spread on: The plastic coating is easy to apply on any surface."
    In this case "on" has the sense of spreading over an area, while "to" sounds more like a single point.
    Most of the time when there is a preposition after "apply", it is "to".
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/apply

    I suppose nearly anything could happen after the verb when it is intransitive, such as:
    "Don't fill out college applications while I'm talking to you; apply on your own time."

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    Re: To apply...

    Quote Originally Posted by paulb
    Quote Originally Posted by quartz
    Quote Originally Posted by paulb
    Apply the glue to the top of the table --correct
    Place your hand on the table --correct
    Apply glue remover on your hand --incorrect
    "apply" never goes with "on"
    (I think I need to qualify this)
    I think it depends on the order of words. If apply becomes intransitive, I think ON can be used.
    What do you think?
    I don't remember ever hearing it.

    It looks like dictionary.com allows it in usage 13:
    "to lay or spread on: The plastic coating is easy to apply on any surface."
    In this case "on" has the sense of spreading over an area, while "to" sounds more like a single point.
    Most of the time when there is a preposition after "apply", it is "to".
    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/apply

    I suppose nearly anything could happen after the verb when it is intransitive, such as:
    "Don't fill out college applications while I'm talking to you; apply on your own time."
    I am not a linguist, unfortunately, but verb+preposition pairs are fairly tricky from my experience in learning other languages. But my gut feeling (completely valid Citation) tells me that in some cases ON is okay. The example with plastic coating has intransitive use of apply... Not sure what that means.
    If I was kiddin' you, I'd be wearin' a fez and no pants. (Lennie Briscoe)

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    Re: To apply...

    I think it's

    PUT ====> ON
    APPLY ====> TO

    For example:

    "Paul applied suntan lotion to Jenny's back" OR
    "Paul put some suntan lotion on Jenny's back".

    It wouldn't be a big problem if you said "applied .... on" in this situation... It would just sound a tiny bit "off". Most people would not even notice.

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    Re: To apply...

    Thank you, I haven't even thought that this question was so disputable! Anyway, I'm very glad you helped me
    Please, correct my mistakes. Thanks!
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