Fallen/falling

Hi all GE members and Moderators,

"Fallen leaves " are leaves that have fallen on the ground while "falling leaves" are leaves that are still falling down from trees.

How about "a falling tree"? Does it mean that a tree has just been chopped and is still in the progress of falling? I asked because I just read an example about present participles used as adjectives and the example given is "a falling tree".

Many thanks

 

 

 

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tonyck 2 posted:
How about "a falling tree"? Does it mean that a tree has just been chopped and is still in the progress of falling?

Hello, Tony,

Yes, you have the right idea. A falling tree is a tree that is falling.

But it need not have been chopped. Wind, for example, can make a tree fall.

To complete the answer to the question implied by your subject heading, a "fallen" tree is one that is no longer "falling", but is now most likely lying on the ground.

DocV

PS: Is "TONYCK 2" different from the old "tonyck" that we used to know?

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