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    #1

    animals lie hidden / hiding

    Hello, everyone.

    "In winter, a lot of animals lie hidden in their holes."
    Is this a natural(correct) English sentence?

    I think it should be "In winter, a lot of animals lie hiding in their holes."

    I'm not confident, so please help me to solve this problem.
    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: animals lie hidden / hiding

    Please note I'm not a teacher nor a native speaker;

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello, everyone.

    "In winter, a lot of animals lie hidden in their holes."
    Is this a natural(correct) English sentence?

    I think it should be "In winter, a lot of animals lie hiding in their holes."

    I'm not confident, so please help me to solve this problem.
    Thank you.
    1. yes it is natural/correct English

    2 if you like to use hiding you need additional "in" in the sentence making it three in total:
    "In winter, a lot of animals lie in hiding in their holes."
    It wouldn't sound natural.
    Anyway stay/lie in hiding would be used in reference to people not to animals.

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    #3

    Re: animals lie hidden / hiding

    Either would be OK. In the animal kingdom, prey lie hidden; predators often lie in hiding (purposeful).

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