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preposition: [in/for] baking and cooking Options
robjen
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 3:47:45 PM
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(1) I use a lot of salt in baking and cooking.

(2) I use a lot of salt for baking and cooking.

Most of my non-native English speaking friends think "in" is correct. If you want to use "for", "baking and cooking" has to be followed by a noun. For example, you can say, "I use a lot of salt for cooking meat."

Which preposition is correct? Thank you.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 4:08:08 PM

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Baking and cooking, without the articles, are activities.

I use a lot of salt when I cook
(rather than 'when cooking'

But possibly
I use a lot of salt when baking and cooking.
Except that baking is one skill within cookery.Cooking includes baking. They are not two different things. Maybe that is why it feels wrong.



With a participle without an article you are really saying
'when [I am] baking and cooking' .


With an artıcle or possessive pronoun it becomes a noun.

I use a lot of salt in my cooking.

' baking' does not work the same way, at least not for me.
I use a lot of salt in my baking.
I put a lot of salt in my cakes.
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