in (the) water & play balls
I have some confusion over the following two sentences.
1) Please don't feed the goose in (the) water.
1-a) "Water" imply, say, the pond in a park or the river.
Is the article "the" needed?
Will there be any difference with or without "the"?
1-b) Is this sentence idiomatic?
2) They are happy when they play balls.
"Play balls" is like a literal translation from Chinese.
In Chinese, "play ball" is said to mean "engaging a kind of ball sport."
What kind of ball sport is only known the speaker and the listeners who are involved in the conversation.
I was wondering whether it is acceptable in English. If not, what is the more idiomatic way to say and write "engaging in a kind of ball sport"?
Last edited by outofdejavu; 07-Oct-2008 at 01:52.
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