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The mountain is covered in trash
The mountain is covered with trash

I find both of them correct but I can't say for sure. Is "covered in" or "covered with" more suitable in this context?

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The way I understand it, it comes down to a difference in meaning and implication.

  • The mountain is covered with trash

This implies that the mountain is covered in so much trash, it's as if you put a blanket on top of it. You basically cannot see the mountain anymore because of the trash.

  • The mountain is covered in trash

This implies that there is trash everywhere, but the mountain is still recognizable.

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