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    about a frog

    Are the following expressions all correct, or just one/some of them? Which is the most common (in BrE or AmE)?

    1) I've never eaten frog legs.

    2) I've never eaten frog's legs.

    3) I've never eaten frogs' legs.

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    Re: about a frog

    In British English, frogs' legs.

    Use either 1) or 3). 2) is not an option.

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    Re: about a frog

    It's the same in American English.
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    Re: about a frog

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    In British English, frogs' legs.

    Use either 1) or 3). 2) is not an option.
    Then 2 would be a typing mistake, wouldn't it? I have it from here: https://www.liveworksheets.com/hi26110ku (see #13) and it also sounded kind of strange to me.

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    Re: about a frog

    Native speakers are often unsure about the use of apostrophes. You're likely to see any of the following on the menu of one of the rare American restaurants that serves frogs' legs:
    frog legs
    frogs legs
    frog's legs
    frogs' legs
    Or even variations on
    frog leg's.
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    Re: about a frog

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Native speakers are often unsure about the use of apostrophes.
    Oh, I'm glad to hear that those little things aren't only for us foreign learners quite a "hurdle"... I always try my best to explain to my pupils how they work!

    I guess "frog's legs" can only be used when referring to the legs of one specific frog (for example, in Biology class). When referring to food, that would definitely not be enough!

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    Re: about a frog

    Quote Originally Posted by bruxinha View Post
    I have it from here: https://www.liveworksheets.com/hi26110ku (see #13) and it also sounded kind of strange to me.
    This source should have been given in post #1.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 10-Feb-2021 at 17:43.

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    Re: about a frog

    I use #1. Our local grocery store carries them in the seafood section on a semi-regular basis. I'll have to pay closer attention and see how they advertise them.

    Part of the reason that they're not common on menus is that many people who do eat them prefer to catch their own.

    Here's an informative (albeit horribly designed) website with a synopsis of state-by-state frog harvesting regulations across the US. You can even sign up for their weekly drawing offering free frog legs! Alas, I'm almost certain it's only for people in the US.

    Too bad they're not as passionate about web page design as they are frog legs. I want to read more, but my eyes can't handle those color combinations. Their entire website is a prime example of what not to do.
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    Re: about a frog

    I lasted less than five seconds on that site. Wow.
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    Re: about a frog

    Oh no, that's indeed too much green!

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