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    empty vs. barren

    When I describe conditions of a mountain and I don't see many trees, is it ok to say the mountain is empty or should I say the mountain is barren?


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    Re: empty vs. barren

    Since "empty" implies a container, I think "barren" is the better choice, although both words are frequently used to describe landscapes.

    There's also "treeless" :)

    [native speaker, not a teacher]


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    Re: empty vs. barren

    Quote Originally Posted by ultracool234 View Post
    When I describe conditions of a mountain and I don't see many trees, is it ok to say the mountain is empty or should I say the mountain is barren?
    "Bare" would be more usual. Barren implies that nothing is able to grow.

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