Heidi
Are these both ok?I found a plant that I couldn’t immediately identify/recognize. Thanks
Nov 14, 2018 2:08 AM
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Hi Heidi, I think it depends on what you actually mean. "I found a plant that I couldn’t immediately identify." (yes, you have to recognise a species first in order to identify it. Moreover, when you identify a plant, you are recalling its scientific name, order, rank, family and so on.) "I found a plant that I couldn't immediately recognise." (you recognise a plant by looking at certain physical characteristics and recalling from a list of plants that you already know. There has to be some prior knowledge of that thing. You can recognise a primary school classmate, but you cannot recognise a stranger.) Another example: You RECOGNISE a plant by looking at its bulbous stem and needle-like leaves (all these are characteristics). And because you have seen pictures of cacti in a gardening magazine before (prior knowledge), you search the Internet, narrow down your search and managed to IDENTIFY it as an Opuntia (prickly pear).
November 14, 2018
I'd say "recognize". Using "identify" sounds like I am doing an scientific experiment.
November 14, 2018
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