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    Default Re: Please close the gate/s.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I would never say that a gate has two leaves. to be honest, I am not sure what I would say, but leaves does not work for me.
    Kohyoongliat would appear to have the right word here. My vocab is one word wider: leaf - definition of leaf by the Free Online Dictionary, Thesaurus and Encyclopedia.

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    Default Re: Please close the gate/s.

    I think not. The definitions of 'leaf' there include:

    7. A hinged or removable section for a table top.

    8. A hinged or otherwise movable section of a folding door, shutter, or gate.

    To me that does not cover one of two gates that fill the gap between two gateposts.
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    Default Re: Please close the gate/s.

    5jj, it's not only the folding door that may have leaves. I have also used the term leaf consciously in this thread to refer to sections or parts of the door. I'm a carpenter by trade, and I wouldn't want to make you believe that it was otherwise. Check this link to see what I'm talking about:
    http://door.net.ua/images/accessorie...fd454_1_en.jpg

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    Default Re: Please close the gate/s.

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    5jj, it's not only the folding door that may have leaves. I have also used the term leaf consciously in this thread to refer to sections or parts of the door. I'm a carpenter by trade, and I wouldn't want to make you believe that it was otherwise. Check this link to see what I'm talking about:
    http://door.net.ua/images/accessorie...fd454_1_en.jpg
    OK, you are correct.

    However, three experienced native speakers in this thread have suggested that they do not know this word and/or would not use it. So, unless they are carpenters, I recommend that learners do not use it - they might well not be understood.
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    Default Re: Please close the gate/s.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    However, three experienced native speakers in this thread have suggested that they do not know this word and/or would not use it. So, unless they are carpenters, I recommend that learners do not use it - they might well not be understood.
    That actually makes me believe that kohyoongliat is a carpenter as well.

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    Default Re: Please close the gate/s.

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    That actually makes me believe that kohyoongliat is a carpenter as well.
    No, I am not a carpenter, but I have heard it used before. If 'leaf' is not the word, I cannot think of another.

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    Default Re: Please close the gate/s.

    You're right- I have heard the word used for table extensions, but I have clearly not talked enough to carpenters about gates.

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