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    Verdure / verdancy / greenness / greenery

    Could whichever of these four words be used in such a sentence as this below?
    "Finally a touch of verdure / verdancy / greenness / greenery on my concrete balcony."

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    Re: Verdure / verdancy / greenness / greenery

    Quote Originally Posted by GoldLight View Post
    Could whichever of these four words be used in such a sentence as this below?
    "Finally a touch of verdure / verdancy / greenness / greenery on my concrete balcony."
    They could, but I think most English native speakers would use "greenery".

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    Re: Verdure / verdancy / greenness / greenery

    Thank you, bhaisahab.
    I've picked out these four words from a dictionary. We have only the one word for this meaning in Slovak language. Could those other three words be used when speaking about a large amount of green plants and trees? For example:
    "There is plenty of verdure / verdancy / greeness in our town", or should I stick with the word "greenery" for every case?

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    Re: Verdure / verdancy / greenness / greenery

    I'd just use 'green', both in your original sentence and in your last one.

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    Re: Verdure / verdancy / greenness / greenery

    OK, thank you, 5jj.
    However I still am curious in what context are those other words used. Are they not used only exist in dictionaries? Are they too formal or bookish?

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    Re: Verdure / verdancy / greenness / greenery

    Bookmark the Fraze.It website for examples of words and phrases used in a variety of contexts.

    (Click on the underlined link and change the headword as needed.)

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    Re: Verdure / verdancy / greenness / greenery

    I probably haven't used verdure or verdancy since I was at university, trying to impress my tutors with my lush vocabulary. I can't for the moment think of a natural sentence in which I'd use greenness. I might use greenery of plants on my balcony; I would use green of the colour of my furniture or walls.

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    Re: Verdure / verdancy / greenness / greenery

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    I can't for the moment think of a natural sentence in which I'd use greenness.
    Fraze.It has 105 examples.

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    Re: Verdure / verdancy / greenness / greenery

    Thank you for the suggestion, Rover, but before I created that sentence I was searching with Google and also on "fraze.it". There were many sentences using all four words, but as we know, the google search results are often written by non-native English speakers, and that's why I don't trust them always, except online dictionaries. I was confused with such an amount of search results and rather asked here.

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    Re: Verdure / verdancy / greenness / greenery

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    Fraze.It has 105 examples.
    I suspect "greenness" has increased because of the environmental movement.

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