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    Default monkey and token

    (The text tells us : trained monkeys know how to use token for food ,doesn't tell how many tokens each monkey has, and monkeys like grapes more than cucumber. )
    "So when one monkey was handed a grape in exchange for her token , the sencond (who saw the fact.) was reluctant to hand hers over for a mere piece of cucumber."
    My question is : Can you say " her token " refers to one token ?

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    Default Re: monkey and token

    Quote Originally Posted by notletrest View Post
    (The text tells us : trained monkeys that know how to use tokens for foodno space,spacebut doesn't tell us how many tokens each monkey has, and that monkeys like grapes more than cucumber. )
    "So when one monkey was handed a grape in exchange for her token , the sencond (who saw the fact. this) was reluctant to hand hers over for a mere piece of cucumber."
    My question is : Can you say " her token " refers to one token no space
    The absence of a plural ending on the word 'token' strongly suggests that there was one token - unless the writer made a slip.

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    Default Re: monkey and token

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The absence of a plural ending on the word 'token' strongly suggests that there was one token - unless the writer made a slip.
    Very good answer it is. It seems a small matter, but matters a great deal.
    Thanks to you for your detailed explanation!

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