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    on three occasions

    Does this "on three occasions " have to be "on the third occasion"? If not, what does it mean?

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    ex)A researcher study on captive Diana Monkeys suggests a capacity for empathy, long thought to be unique to humans. In the research, individual monkeys were trained to insert a token into a slot to obtain food. The oldest female in the group failed to learn how to do this. Her mate watched her unsuccessful attempts, and on three occasions he approached her, picked up the tokens, inserted them into the machine, and then allowed her to have the food.

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    Re: on three occasions

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Does this "on three occasions " have to be "on the third occasion"? If not, what does it mean?
    It means what it says.

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    Re: on three occasions

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Does this "on three occasions " have to be "on the third occasion"? No

    The oldest female in the group failed to learn how to do this. Her mate watched her unsuccessful attempts, and on three occasions he approached her, picked up the tokens, inserted them into the machine, and then allowed her to have the food.
    It means the male watched her repeteadly fail to reach the desired result. Among these failures, he came up to the female three different times so she could see how it had to be done.

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    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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