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  1. Yourjones
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    about fence

    Hi, this is about fence.

    1. I think this altogether is called "fence", and it is not countable. If it is not countable, what quantity word can we use for it just as "flight" in "a flight of stairs".
    2. In SPOKEN English, what are the vertical bars called, or could I just say "the vertical bars/poles"?
    3. The same question is for the horizontal bar at the top of the fence?
    4. Apparently one can not get to the other side through the fence. But why? (I hope you understand I am asking question about how the vertical bars function to stop anyone from passing through.)

    Thanks a lot!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Yourjones View Post
    Hi, this is about fence.

    1. I think this altogether is called "fence", and it is not countable.
    It's called 'fence' and it is countable, as any dictionary will tell you.
    2. In SPOKEN English, what are the vertical bars called, or could I just say "the vertical bars/poles"?
    I'' call them 'bars' - in speech and in writing.
    3. The same question is for the horizontal bar at the top of the fence?
    There may be a special term for it. I can't think of one at the moment.
    4. Apparently one can not get to the other side through the fence. But why? (I hope you understand I am asking question about how the vertical bars function to stop anyone from passing through.)
    The original designers of fences spent years measuring the width of people all over the world. They discovered that fewer than one per cent of the world's population were less than x centimeters wide at their narrowest point. So, the Fence Makers' Guild ordained that the maximum distance between the bars of a fence should be x-1 centimeters, thus ensuring that 99% of the population could not get between them, even sideways.
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    2. In SPOKEN English, what are the vertical bars called, or could I just say "the vertical bars/poles"?
    3. The same question is for the horizontal bar at the top of the fence?


    #2 The term "picket" is usually associated with a wooden fence, but metal ones like these are often called "pickets" too.
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    #3 The horizontal bars are usually called "rails", and this is the "top rail".

    As 5jj says, both of these parts are commonly called "bars".

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    I agree that it's a picture of a fence, but I would probably call them railings.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

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    People can't move through fences because that's why fences exist. They can, however, move through gates. That why gates exist.

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    Hi teachers and "not teahers", thank you all so much for your kind answers. I am really grateful.

    In fact, none of my questions is a logcal problem, an inquiry of non-language knowlege, or even a riddle. Instead, they are questions purely about what words or expressions to use to explain what happens in everyone's daily life.

    I would reckon the hardest part of a language is the daily bit and I guess that is why most of the irregular change in verb tense forms come out of those that couldn't be used more in daily life such as "eat", "go", "drink" and dozens of others.

    I would never have known I should say "you can see your BREATH when itís cold", "the dog WAGS its tail", or "you can draw a smiling face IN THE FOG on the window when the outside is very cold" if I had not asked my British colleagues.

    But I do appreciate all your useful replies, and that is why I like this website. I will ask questions in a more straight-forward way.

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    Re: about fence

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I agree that it's a picture of a fence, but I would probably call them railings.
    I agree. I was thinking of the countability of the word 'fence' in my original response. These pictures are what normally comes to mind when I think of 'fence':

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Wood_fence.jpg
    http://barryhomesinc.com/wp-content/...es-decks-7.jpg
    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...x-Westtown.jpg

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