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“Covered with” vs “covered in” vs “covered by”

Which is the correct option: "a jungle covered in snow" or "a jungle covered with snow"? If both are possible what is the difference in meaning?

  • How about just "a snow-covered jungle"? It shouldn't matter. After all, it doesn't snow in the jungle, only in the mountains that may tower above the jungle. Jungles are tropical. I live in the tropics. While it does snow high up on Taiwan's tits, we're talking at 3500-4000 meters, not the jungles below.
    – user21497
    Jan 12, 2013 at 9:24
  • Why should only one be correct?
    – Kris
    Jan 12, 2013 at 12:27

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There’s little difference in meaning, but each sees the scene from a slightly different aspect. Covered by snow emphasises the fact that it was snow that covered the jungle, while covered in snow describes the result of what the snow did.

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    This feels like a distinction without a difference.
    – Robusto
    Jan 12, 2013 at 11:06
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    @Robusto. Really? I rather thought it was a difference without a distinction. Jan 12, 2013 at 11:31
  • What may be difference or distinction between difference and distinction?
    – Kris
    Jan 12, 2013 at 12:27
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    @Kris. It's the same as the contrast or variation between dissimilarity and divergence. Jan 12, 2013 at 12:34

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