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    Arrow CAT FIGHT

    a. "My cats broke out in a fight."
    b. "A fight broke out by my cats."

    Are these correct, standard, or/and formal?

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    Re: CAT FIGHT

    Quote Originally Posted by GrapesOfWrath View Post
    b. "A fight broke out by my cats."
    Are these correct, standard, or/and formal?
    A fight broke out between my cats.

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    Re: CAT FIGHT

    Then:

    a. "My cats broke out in a fight."
    b. "A fight broke out by my cats."
    c. "A fight broke out among my cats."

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    Re: CAT FIGHT

    Quote Originally Posted by GrapesOfWrath View Post
    a. "My cats broke out in a fight."
    b. "A fight broke out by my cats."

    Are these correct, standard, or/and formal?
    Both are understandable but "a." would be best. If two cats, could use "between" as above.

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    Re: CAT FIGHT

    Quote Originally Posted by GrapesOfWrath View Post
    Then:

    a. "My cats broke out in a fight."
    b. "A fight broke out by my cats."
    c. "A fight broke out among my cats." But only for three or more.
    b.

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    Re: CAT FIGHT

    Then, it is:

    a. "My cats broke out in a fight."
    b. "A fight broke out by my cats."
    c. "A fight broke out among my three cats."

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    Re: CAT FIGHT

    Does is really happen that three cats fight at the same time? This is something new to me. Don't only 2 cats fight at a time?

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    Re: CAT FIGHT

    I stand corrected. Indeed, we don't know which 2 of the 3 cats were fighting. "among" is good.

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    Re: CAT FIGHT

    I don't think it matters how many cats there are above two.

    If two cats are fighting then "A fight broke out between my cats." If three or more cats are fighting, or two or more of three or more (!), then "A fight broke out among my cats."

    I have seen a very large group of cats all fighting together - there were probably at least ten of them.

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    Re: CAT FIGHT

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I don't think it matters how many cats there are above two.

    If two cats are fighting then "A fight broke out between my cats." If three or more cats are fighting, or two or more of three or more (!), then "A fight broke out among my cats."

    I have seen a very large group of cats all fighting together - there were probably at least ten of them.
    Do you have a picture?

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