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    #1

    the leaves fell off the branches / they've fallen



    Child: The leaves are broken.

    Parent: No, the leaves aren't broken. They just fell off the branches.

    Parent: No, the leaves aren't broken. They've fallen.


    I don't find the answers above satisfactory. Any suggestions?
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    #2

    Re: the leaves fell off the branches / they've fallen

    The leaves have dropped.
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    #3

    Re: the leaves fell off the branches / they've fallen

    They have fallen off the tree.

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    #4

    Re: the leaves fell off the branches / they've fallen

    We Americans call the season when trees lose their leaves the fall. (We sometimes call it autumn, too, but that's a lot less common.)
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    #5

    Re: the leaves fell off the branches / they've fallen

    The trees shed their leaves.
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    #6

    Re: the leaves fell off the branches / they've fallen

    No, this tree is deciduous; it undergoes seasonal abscission of the leaves.

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    Re: the leaves fell off the branches / they've fallen

    Did we ever get an answer to how old this child is? It came up in another thread because some of the suggestions were maybe too technical or used unusual vocabulary.

    Is, 'it undergoes seasonal abscission of the leaves' really how one would explain this to a child who thinks the leaves are broken?
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    Re: the leaves fell off the branches / they've fallen

    He's three and can tell his left from his right. He still couldn't quite control his remote control car. Keeps on hitting things.
    (curiousmarcus)

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    #9

    Re: the leaves fell off the branches / they've fallen

    The leaves have fallen off the tree. They do that every autumn/fall.
    The tree has lost its leaves. That happens every autumn/fall.

    I think those would be OK for a three-year-old.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: the leaves fell off the branches / they've fallen

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post
    Is, 'it undergoes seasonal abscission of the leaves' really how one would explain this to a child who thinks the leaves are broken?
    No, of course not. And I don't expect that curiousmarcus would think so either.

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