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pluck/pick the mangoes

 
 
Reply Sun 24 Aug, 2008 09:22 pm
I climbed up the tree to pluck/pick the mangoes.

Which verb should I use?

Many thannks.
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Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Sun 24 Aug, 2008 09:24 pm
@tanguatlay,
I would use pick, which seems like a more natural fit for the general action of picking fruit. But if it were just one mango I would find pluck more acceptable.
McTag
 
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Reply Mon 25 Aug, 2008 01:03 pm
@Robert Gentel,

Pick for both.

Pluck is used more for feathers, taking feathers off a bird, something like that.

We "pluck" something out of, and we "pick" something from.
Robert Gentel
 
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Reply Mon 25 Aug, 2008 01:07 pm
@McTag,
I would prefer "pick", but I would find "pluck" acceptable in this kind of sentence:

"He reached up and plucked a juicy mango from the tree."
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JTT
 
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Reply Mon 25 Aug, 2008 08:16 pm
@tanguatlay,
'pick' is more neutral, 'pluck', more emotive.

tanguatlay
 
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Reply Tue 26 Aug, 2008 05:40 am
@JTT,
Thanks, everybody, for your reply.
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