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    come v. descent v. land

    1) Chimpanzees come to the ground for feeding from high on the trees.

    2) Chimpanzees descent to the ground for feeding from high on the trees.

    3) Chimpanzees land to the ground for feeding from high on the trees.

    Which of the above sentences are correct, idiomatic and in the same meaning?

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    #2

    Re: come v. descent v. land

    None of them are idiomatic. This is correct and idiomatic, if a little awkward: Chimpanzees descend to the ground from high in the trees.

    Note that descent is a noun. The verb is descen​d.
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    #3

    Re: come v. descent v. land

    You don't land "to." You land on.

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    Re: come v. descent v. land

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    None of them are idiomatic. This is correct and idiomatic, if a little awkward: Chimpanzees descend to the ground from high in the trees.

    Note that descent is a noun. The verb is descen​d.
    But should "chimpanzees come to the ground" be idiomatic because there are a lot of entries in the net. Here is one: http://www.genesisstory.com/Mammals/Ape.htm

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    Re: come v. descent v. land

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    But should "chimpanzees come to the ground" be idiomatic because there are a lot of entries ON the net. Here is one: http://www.genesisstory.com/Mammals/Ape.htm

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    I don't know why the phrase "should" be idiomatic. It either is or it isn't. I would say chimpanzees descend to the ground or climb down from the trees.

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    Re: come v. descent v. land

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    But should "chimpanzees come to the ground" be idiomatic because there are a lot of entries in the net. Here is one: http://www.genesisstory.com/Mammals/Ape.htm

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    The page you cite says "...chimpanzees frequently come to the ground to feed..." after discussing orangutans, which "...spend most of their life in trees...." That usage feels natural, but the isolated statement in sentence 1 doesn't. I think mentioning tree-dwelling immediately before coming to the ground makes the difference.
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    Re: come v. descent v. land

    Perhaps:

    They spend most of their lives in trees.

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