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    #1

    bodies? body?

    Unlike other arachnids, which have their nerve cells evenly distributed along their body,
    the scorpion has a cluster of nerve cells in its head, as a mammal does.



    I enthusiasticly discussed the word body with some Chinese and it really made me feel confused.
    In my understanding/feel, I really want to use bodies very very much and I feel that bodies is really better than body.
    even if I know body here is a conception of a whole.
    Can bodies be used here? It's my question.


    Sinere thanks!!!

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    #2

    Re: bodies? body?

    Yes.

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    #3

    Re: bodies? body?

    I am not a teacher.

    This time I agree with you!

    I feel that "bodies" is preferable because the class of "other arachnids" is made up of many different types of arachnid.

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    Re: bodies? body?

    Quote Originally Posted by Roman55 View Post

    I feel that "bodies" is preferable because the class of "other arachnids" is made up of many different types of arachnid.
    And I even have a simpler idea:
    Since there are obviously 2 or more insects, it's very very natural to use bodies.


    Can the simpler idea (or understanding) be accepted?

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    #5

    Re: bodies? body?

    I am not a teacher.

    Yes, it can.

    But I think that if the other spiders (which aren't insects by the way) were all the same species, we would get back to the idea of "body" as a whole.

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    #6

    Re: bodies? body?

    Even multiple arachnids of the same species have individual bodies. I would only use "body" if the sentence started with "the arachnid".

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    #7

    Re: bodies? body?

    Yesterday night, I was meditating the problem until asleep.
    At 1st I felt Roman55's words are very reasonable, later in my feel the original sentence is a very very good sentence
    and at least the meaning is clarified very much.

    A contrast to B:
    A) other arachnids(we are unnecessary to care about the types or quantities): one body, some nerve cells along the body
    B) scorpions(belong to arachnid): one body, a cluster of nerve cells in the head
    ps: The first time I saw the original sentence, I really want to use bodies to substitute body!
    Thanks all!!! I am very very moved by Mike, Roman55 and Rover's help!!!
    Last edited by dodonaomik; 22-Mar-2014 at 03:17.

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    #8

    Re: bodies? body?

    Quote Originally Posted by dodonaomik View Post
    Yesterday Last night, I was meditating on/thinking about the problem until I fell asleep.
    At 1st first, I felt Roman55's words are were very reasonable. Later in my feel I felt/I started to feel that the original sentence is was a very very good sentenceand at least the meaning is has been clarified very much well.

    ...

    ps PS: The first time I saw the original sentence, I really wanted to use bodies to substitute body!
    Thanks all! !! I am very very moved by Mike, Roman55 and Rover's help!
    !!
    Please see my corrections to your post above in red.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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