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    #1

    The hair on the paw will grow back.

    Hello all users!


    Suppose that someone has just been to a vet with their animal. The animal's paw had to be shaved in order for an injection to be given. There is a bald patch, where the paw was shaved. Fortunately, the vet puts the owner's mind at ease, saying "Easy, easy, the hair on the paw will grow back".


    or should I say "Easy, easy, the hair will grow back on the paw".


    What do you think?


    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: which version is better?

    People say easy, easy to calm down someone who is extremely upset. A little bald patch on an animal's paw would usually provoke nothing more than mild concern. The vet would respond to that by saying Don't worry.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: which version is better?

    Quote Originally Posted by JACEK1 View Post
    "the hair on the paw will grow back".
    or "the hair will grow back on the paw".
    I think since there is no (or little) hair currently on the paw, #2 is the better option.

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    #4

    Re: which version is better?

    I have changed your thread title.


    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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