encroach/trespass/invade

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Gabriel Malheiros

Senior Member
Portuguese - Brazil
Hi, there

I have a question about the difference between "encroach", "invade" and "trespass".

For example, if my neighbor's tree branches are hanging over my yard, could I say they are "trespassing on my property" or "invading my property" or "encroaching onto my property"?

Thank you
 
  • Parla

    Member Emeritus
    English - US
    I'd say they're encroaching on your property.

    "Trespassing", I think, requires human intent. "Invading" might be used for humans or animals.
     

    Gabriel Malheiros

    Senior Member
    Portuguese - Brazil
    I would use "encroaching on / onto my property." "Invading" could be used more loosely.
    I'd say they're encroaching on your property.

    "Trespassing", I think, requires human intent. "Invading" might be used for humans or animals.
    Could I use "invade" with lanes? Like, I am driving and the car beside mine is invading my lane (coming into my lane without put the blinker on)?
     
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