Hi, can somebody explain to me what is the difference between fence and fencing? I know the meaning is quite the same but is there a slight difference? Fence - material, fencing - around the house? Thanks a lot.
"to fence X in" == (1) to restrict an animals' movements with a fence (2) metaphorical (dated) - to restrict a person's behaviour with too many rules
e.g. "John, can you fence the sheep in? They keep wandering all over the road."
"to fence off" == to enclose an area with a fence
e.g. "The dog keeps running away - we need to fence off the back yard"