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    1. This "have among" sounds awkward to me. Don't they usually say "have something among"?
    2. This "spotting" is translated as "of small mark", but I think it is "easy to spot or notice", what do you think?

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    ex) ...They are male village weaverbirds, advertising their nest-building accomplishments to a nearby flock of females. The males do have something to boast about, as weavers are considered to be the most proficient nest builders in the bird world.
    Once a female has chosen a nest, she lays eggs of nearly identical appearance throughout her lifetime, but the eggs of the population as a whole have among the widest variety of colors and spotting patterns of any bird.
    For most people who live with the village weaver, however, appreciating its nest-building and egg artistry can be difficult...
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    1. The eggs have not the widest variety of colours but they are among (part of) that group of birds which lay differently-coloured eggs.

    2. The eggs are mottled — like these.

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    Default Re: have among

    1. "have" seems to be redundant and useless, why is it there? Isn't "The eggs are among.." better to understand?

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    Default Re: have among

    No.

    'The eggs have a wide variety of colours' — not 'the eggs are. . . colours'.

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    Default Re: have among

    You said "a wide variety of colors" doesn't belong to the eggs, but to the group of birds. I'm sorry I'm confused.

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    Default Re: have among

    You asked if you could replace have with are.

    I said no because the eggs have colours, not the eggs are colours.

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