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Heap of stones vs. heap of flowers #1 (permalink) Sat Dec 16, 2006 21:17 pm   Heap of stones vs. heap of flowers
 

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ESL/EFL Test #89 "Common Quantity Nouns", question 2

Over by the railroad tracks, there was a heap of ..........

(a) houses
(b) flowers
(c) stairs
(d) stones

English Grammar Tests, Elementary Level

ESL/EFL Test #89 "Common Quantity Nouns", answer 2

Over by the railroad tracks, there was a heap of stones.

Correct answer: (d) stones
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Heap of stones vs. heap of flowers #2 (permalink) Sun Dec 17, 2006 0:02 am   Heap of stones vs. heap of flowers
 

Hi Tom

Buddha also seems to be the just about the only person who has ever used that collocation. And apparently he used it only once. :lol:

Yes, theoretically, there could be a "heap of flowers" but flowers usually do not end up as heaps -- especially next to railroad tracks. ;)

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Heap of stones vs. heap of flowers #3 (permalink) Sun Dec 17, 2006 9:35 am   Heap of stones vs. heap of flowers
 

Hio Tom,

'Heap' in the sense of 'pile' very often has the idea of things that have been discarded. I think you might be able to say 'a heap of dead flowers'.

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