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can I say,

(a) He is harvesting the mangoes with a pole.

(b) He is harvesting to pole the mangoes.
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The more I think about it, the more interesting it becomes.
What about the following fruits and vegetables:

1. Coconuts (pluck)
2. apples (pick)
3. watermelons (pluck)
4. strawberries (pick)
5. honey/honeycombs (pick)
6. broccoli (chop?)
7. tomatoes (pluck)
8. squash (pluck)
9. pineapples (chop ?)
10. cabbage (chop?)

My pick in brackets
I'm sorry to say that although I have picked apples and strawberries, as well as raspberries, and grown my own tomatoes and beans, both of which I pick, I have never picked, plucked, nor chopped any of the others. (I think I've heard people talking about cutting herbs, but they literally use a scissors for that.)
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Though most people have never experienced harvesting some of the produce because most people just get them at the supermarket, I'm sure native speakers will know what verb to use when they get into the situations. I do not believe your mind will black out and you become speechless in these situations.You might struggle a bit but will still find your way out Emotion: stick out tongue
Hi,

I'm a city person, and I don't do much in my garden, so I never speak of these things. Some of them don't even grow in Canada.

Here's my quick reaction.

1. Coconuts (pluck) pick
2. apples (pick) pick
3. watermelons (pluck) pick
4. strawberries (pick) pick
5. honey/honeycombs (pick) collect
6. broccoli (chop?) dig up?
7. tomatoes (pluck) pick
8. squash (pluck) dig up? pick? I'm not even sure how it grows.
9. pineapples (chop ?) dunno. gather?
10. cabbage (chop?)
dig up?

( GG, you said 'a scissors'. You must be (gasp) . . a . . a . . a. . . an American! Emotion: big smile )

Best wishes, Clive
Based on the definition of pick, you must be Arnold to pick coconuts. I doubt a yank will remove a coconut. Emotion: smile

Thanks, Clive!
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LOL - I actually debated that - should I write "a pair of scissors" or "a scissors"?

Squash grown on vines that stretch out along the ground.
I wouldn't use "chop" for any of these, if you mean removing it from the plant it grows on. To "chop" broccoli or cabbage means to cut it into small pieces. And I wouldn't use 'pluck" for any of them either.

I might use "cut" for broccoli or squash since they need to be cut from the plant (with a knife, or -- yes, I'd say it too -- "a scissors") -- but probably I would just say "pick" for all of them (Except honey. I don't know what the beekeeper does with it -- probably 'gather." The only way I get honey is by buying it!)