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    Default green or greenery?

    Which one is correct:
    1. A house surrounded by green.
    2. A house surrounded by greenery.

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    Default Re: green or greenery?

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    Which one is correct:
    1. A house surrounded by green.
    2. A house surrounded by greenery.
    Neither is a full sentence, but as far as the final word is concerned, there is much more chance of "greenery" being correct than "green".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: green or greenery?

    Depending on the context, both might be correct.
    "A house surrounded by green" might be correct in the context of a house set among green fields or forests [perhaps at some distance from the house], whereas "a house surrounded by greenery" is a house surrounded by bushes or trees, or anything else with green leaves. "Greenery" implies something cultivated for decoration.
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Default Re: green or greenery?

    "My parents live in a small cottage in the countryside. It's surrounded by green and it's got a well-kept garden"

    So both 'green' and 'greenery' are possible here but with a difference in meaning?

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    Default Re: green or greenery?

    I can't imagine ever saying a house was surrounded by green.

    Maybe if I was talking about a painting.

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