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    fruit trees names ("apple tree", "cherry tree" and so on)

    What is the common way to call fruit trees? Do you just add the word "tree" to a fruit (apple+tree=apple tree), or are they called somewhat else?
    "Cherry" (fruit) - "cherry tree" or just "cherry"?
    "Orange", "mandarin", "pear", "plum", "peach" (and so on)... Do they have the same pattern of how the words for their trees are formed? And is there the pattern?
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    Re: fruit trees names ("apple tree", "cherry tree" and so on)

    ... with the exception of fruits that grow on bushes: gooseberries, blackberries, blackcurrants etc.

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    Re: fruit trees names ("apple tree", "cherry tree" and so on)

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    ... with the exception of fruits that grow on bushes: gooseberries, blackberries, blackcurrants etc.
    Do you say gooseberry bush, blackcurrant bush when talking about the whole plant, not only berries? Or do you use gooseberry for a gooseberry bush (as we say in Russian, for instance)?
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    Re: fruit trees names ("apple tree", "cherry tree" and so on)

    Some vines also produce fruit, notably grapevines. Note that grapevine is a single word.
    Last edited by GoesStation; 13-Oct-2017 at 16:35. Reason: Fix a word.
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    Re: fruit trees names ("apple tree", "cherry tree" and so on)

    Quote Originally Posted by GeneD View Post
    Or do you use gooseberry for a gooseberry bush (as we say in Russian, for instance)?
    I wouldn't. I would use gooseberry for the fruit.

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    Re: fruit trees names ("apple tree", "cherry tree" and so on)

    This is off topic, but "play gooseberry" is used to refer to a person who is in the company (presence) of two other people who would rather not have him/her there.

    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...lay-gooseberry

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    Re: fruit trees names ("apple tree", "cherry tree" and so on)

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    This is off topic, but "play gooseberry" is used to refer to a person who is in the company (presence) of two other people who would rather not have him/her there.
    That's "being a third wheel" in American English.
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    Re: fruit trees names ("apple tree", "cherry tree" and so on)

    And strawberries grow on the ground. It's a strawberry plant.

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    Re: fruit trees names ("apple tree", "cherry tree" and so on)

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    And strawberries grow on the ground. It's a strawberry plant.
    Do blueberries and cowberries grow on blueberry and cowberry plants?
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    Re: fruit trees names ("apple tree", "cherry tree" and so on)

    Blueberries grow on blueberry bushes. I'm not familiar with cowberries, but if the plant has woody, free-standing stems that hold the foliage and fruit above the ground, it's a bush.
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