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    Smile the monkeys/ monkeys

    Please tell me which sentence is correct between (1) and (2) in this dialogue? A: Did you see Matilda? B: (1)Yes, I saw her feeding the monkeys. / (2)Yes, I saw her feeding monkeys. If the meanings of (1) and (2) are different, I want to know the difference between (1) and (2).

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    Re: the monkeys/ monkeys

    Hello asako87, and welcome to the forum.
    Quote Originally Posted by asako87 View Post
    Please tell me which sentence is correct between (1) and (2) in this dialogue.
    Both are possible. In #1, the reference is to a specific/known/previously mentioned monkeys. In #2, the reference is to any monkeys.

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    Re: the monkeys/ monkeys

    Number 1 might be heard at an old-fashioned zoo that doesn't prohibit feeding its animals. Number 2 might occur in a place where monkeys are native, so Matilda could feed them anywhere.
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    Re: the monkeys/ monkeys

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Number 1 might be heard at an old-fashioned zoo that doesn't prohibit feeding its animals. Number 2 might occur in a place where monkeys are native, so Matilda could feed them anywhere.
    I should have added a bit more to my sentence about number 1. We would use the definite article there because we know that we're talking about specific monkeys: the ones in the monkey house.
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    Re: the monkeys/ monkeys

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Number 1 might be heard at an old-fashioned zoo that doesn't prohibit feeding its animals. Number 2 might occur in a place where monkeys are native, so Matilda could feed them anywhere.
    If Mitilda is at an old fashioned zoo and I say "I saw her feeding monkeys", is it wrong?

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    Re: the monkeys/ monkeys

    Quote Originally Posted by asako87 View Post
    If Mitilda is at an old fashioned zoo and I say "I saw her feeding monkeys", is it wrong?
    No.

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    Re: the monkeys/ monkeys

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    No.
    Thanks for your reply. You mean even though Matilda is at the old fashioned zoo, it's correct to say " I saw her feeding monkeys."?

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    Re: the monkeys/ monkeys

    Quote Originally Posted by teechar View Post
    Hello asako87, and welcome to the forum.

    Both are possible. In #1, the reference is to a specific/known/previously mentioned monkeys. In #2, the reference is to any monkeys.
    Does 'any monkeys' include a specific/known/previously mentioned monkeys?

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    Re: the monkeys/ monkeys

    I think 'any monkeys' may include specific/known/previously mentioned monkeys.
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    Re: the monkeys/ monkeys

    Quote Originally Posted by asako87 View Post
    Thanks for your reply. You mean even though Matilda is at an old fashioned zoo, it's correct to say " I saw her feeding monkeys."?
    Sure. (I don't know what you mean by "old-fashioned zoo".)

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