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    bite, through, gnaw through, cut through, chew through

    Hello everybody!
    I would like to say that a rat ruined an Internet cable by cutting it through with its teeth.
    1. A rat has cut through an Internet cable with its teeth.
    2. A rat has gnawed through an Internet cable with its teeth.
    3. A rat has chewed through an Internet cable with its teeth.
    4. A rat has bitten through an Internet cable with its teeth.
    5. A rat has gone through an Internet cable with its teeth.
    Which version is appropriate?
    Your reply would be very appreciated.
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    I wonder why there is almost no mention of the "bitten through" version.

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    Re: bite, through, gnaw through, cut through, chew through

    What do you mean by "there is almost no mention of the "bitten through" version?" Where is it almost not mentioned?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: bite, through, gnaw through, cut through, chew through

    I find the first four equally natural, but the last one doesn't work.

    With versions two through four, the 'with its teeth' is redundant due to the verbs implying the biting action. You could shorten them by removing that bit.

    I prefer the second and third versions (in that order), because those particular verbs seen more bestial than merely 'biting'. That's a personal preference, however.

    I also don't understand what you mean by 'little mention'.
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    Re: bite, through, gnaw through, cut through, chew through

    Hello all users!
    Please try it for yourself.
    Every time I type "something has bitten through" or "some animal bit through something" on the Internet, I get no results. That is what I mean by 'little mention'.

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    Re: bite, through, gnaw through, cut through, chew through

    That's very surprising. I just Googled "something has bitten through" (including the quotation marks) and got 814 results (see here).
    When I changed the word "something" to the word "rat", there were still 66 results (see here).
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    Re: bite, through, gnaw through, cut through, chew through

    There were no results yesterday. Today things were different. I also found a lot of entries. I have to eat crow, so to speak.

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