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Write Edge
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021 1:31:16 AM

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(1) Jack ate steak ravenously, just like a hungry wolf would devour a prey.

(2) Jack ate steak ravenously, just like a hungry wolf would devour its prey.

Question: Which is correct?
FounDit
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021 12:27:12 PM

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Write Edge wrote:
(1) Jack ate steak ravenously, just like a hungry wolf would devour a prey.

(2) Jack ate steak ravenously, just like a hungry wolf would devour its prey.

Question: Which is correct?


Neither one looks right to me. In the first one, steak is treated as being equal to the collective - prey. Therefore the "a" before prey looks and sounds wrong to me. It would sound better as, "Jack ate steak ravenously, just like a hungry wolf would devour prey".

In the second one, the wolf devours "its" prey, so Jack should be eating "his" steak in the same manner. Both would show possession.
Bathcoup
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021 4:13:12 PM
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Write Edge wrote:
(1) Jack ate steak ravenously, just like a hungry wolf would devour a prey.

(2) Jack ate steak ravenously, just like a hungry wolf would devour its prey.

Question: Which is correct?


Stop being manipulative!

You're pretending to be a learner, having genuine questions. The fact is you just took the two questions from another thread:

https://forum.thefreedictionary.com/postst207588_just-like-a-hungry-wolf-would-devour-a-its-prey.aspx

On the other thread, the sentences have been extensively discussed and you aired your view with confidence. Now you have carefully removed the word his and then repost them here. Please don't waste other's time!
Reiko07
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021 4:24:36 PM

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HI, Bathcoup. I'm not Write Edge.


Reiko07
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021 5:00:00 PM

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To Write Edge.

You said in my thread, "This one is correct- Jack ate his steak ravenously, like a hungry wolf devouring its prey." Why on earth did you duplicate my question?

Bathcoup
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021 5:48:31 PM
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Reiko07 wrote:
HI, Bathcoup. I'm not Write Edge.


Reiko07, of course I wasn't blaming you. I thought I made it reasonably clear by quoting Write Edge and mentioning that Write Edge commented on the other thread. Perhaps, I should have specifically pointed out that you, not Write Edge, started the other thread.

Write Edge, I'm not after an explanation, so don't post anything unless you have a genuine question or something useful to share.
Reiko07
Posted: Friday, April 16, 2021 6:14:03 PM

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Bathcoup wrote:
Reiko07 wrote:
HI, Bathcoup. I'm not Write Edge.


Reiko07, of course I wasn't blaming you. I thought I made it reasonably clear by quoting Write Edge and mentioning that Write Edge commented on the other thread. Perhaps, I should have specifically pointed out that you, not Write Edge, started the other thread.


d'oh! I apologize.

Write Edge
Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:18:16 AM

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Bathcoup wrote:
Reiko07 wrote:
HI, Bathcoup. I'm not Write Edge.


Reiko07, of course I wasn't blaming you. I thought I made it reasonably clear by quoting Write Edge and mentioning that Write Edge commented on the other thread. Perhaps, I should have specifically pointed out that you, not Write Edge, started the other thread.

Write Edge, I'm not after an explanation, so don't post anything unless you have a genuine question or something useful to share.




The same question is posted on englishforum website also.
Write Edge
Posted: Tuesday, April 20, 2021 12:19:10 AM

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Reiko07 wrote:
To Write Edge.

You said in my thread, "This one is correct- Jack ate his steak ravenously, like a hungry wolf devouring its prey." Why on earth did you duplicate my question?




This question is also posted on other website "englishforum". So what will you say now?
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