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    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
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    Chick / egg of a chick hatches

    When a chick hatches, its parents take turns to protect it.

    Shouldn't it be, strictly speaking, "When the egg of a chick hatches, the chick's parents protect it"?

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    Re: Chick / egg of a chick hatches

    No. It's just fine as is.

    Your version is OK, too, but you'd need to say 'When the egg of a bird hatches...' or 'When a bird's egg hatches. . .'

    hatch2
    verb
    • 1 (of a young bird, fish, or reptile) emerge from its egg.
    • ■ (of an egg) open and produce a young animal.
    (WordReference dictionary)

    Rover

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    Tan Elaine is offline Key Member
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    Re: Chick / egg of a chick hatches

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    No. It's just fine as is.

    Your version is OK, too, but you'd need to say 'When the egg of a bird hatches...' or 'When a bird's egg hatches. . .'

    (WordReference dictionary)

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    Thanks, Rover.

    What is the reason for having to change 'chick' to 'bird'?

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    Re: Chick / egg of a chick hatches

    Because "bird" is the parent and "chick" is the child. it goes

    bird -> egg -> hatches -> chick emerges

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    Re: Chick / egg of a chick hatches

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    When a chick hatches, its parents take turns to protect it.

    Shouldn't it be, strictly speaking, "When the egg of a chick hatches, the chick's parents protect it"?

    Thanks.
    Why What's 'strict' about your version? A chick can hatch (If you like to think of it in terms of agency, it's the chick that does the work - with help from the parent bird. In fact, wildlife commentators often refer to a parent 'hatching its young'.

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