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Can anyone tell me if the use of "a bunch of bananas" and "a comb of bananas" can be used interchangeably? This was how we used it when I was a school girl but now I am told that "a comb" is only used for the bananas when they are stuck together and actually look like a comb while " a bunch" is only used if many combs of bananas are stuck on the long stalk of the banana plant.
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In the UK we only use bunch. I'd not heard of comb before.
Iin the U.S., I've never hear "comb" used before either.
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In CN, we're not taught by any English teachers to say "a comb of".
Hi Anoum,

Welcome to the Forum.

'Bunch' is the common term.

I have heard of 'a hand' of bananas, probably because of the resemblance to a hand with fingers. However, such terms are probably only used by people who work on banana ranches, make sure the banana herds don't stampede, that kind of thing. (ha-ha)

Best wishes, Clive
Thank you very much for the responses. Wow, now after some decades, I finally find out that people in America, England, Canada and China don't use the phrase "a comb of bananas"! I am sure all my friends are going to be surprised.

Which makes me wonder if that phrase originates locally then?
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The answer is a hand of bananas actually
The COCA cites many examples of "bunch(es) of bananas" and one "stem of bananas".
I've never heard of a comb of bananas, but it is quite descriptive of the shape and arrangement of a bunch!

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Hi,

But in real life, when I speak about grocery shopping, I typically say 'I bought (some) bananas'.

I never say 'I bought a bunch/comb/stem of bananas'. Emotion: smile

Best wishes, Clive
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