harvest and crop

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mslk

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Could anybody explain the difference between harvest and crop? Which of them can function as a noun, which as a noun and a verb.
 

Horsa

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Both can act as nouns and both can act as verbs

As a noun crop refers to the produce of a cultivated plant or piece of land. Harvest has a very similar meaning. Both can be used figuratively.
Crop has other meanings - a very short hairstyle and it is also the name of part of a bird's digestive system.

As a verb harvest means to reap/gather. Crop as a verb means to cut short and can be used about photos, hair, grass etc. Animals such as sheep are sometimes said to 'crop' a field and in this case it means to bite off.
 

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I've got one more question,
verb discriminate should always be used with against? e.g. They are discriminated against their colour of skin. My ex-boss used to discriminate me (against) and got away with it? Are there any cases in which against is not required?
 

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Not always. Discriminate can be used with 'between', 'in favour of' and 'on the basis of'.

I can't discriminate between the two brands.

The law say we have to discriminate in favour of women when deciding betwen candidates.

We must be careful not to discriminate on the basis of age or gender

Hope that helps :)
 
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