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    preposition

    The crocodile lays eggs near / at / by / on / in /across the river bank.

    Which preposition/s should I use?

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    Where exactly do crocodiles lay their eggs? Certainly not "across" a bank, possibly "near", "at" or "by" a bank, most likely "on" or "in" a bank.

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    Re: preposition

    Surely it's on the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River?

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    Re: preposition

    Hi Barb

    Surely it's on the banks of the great grey-green, greasy Limpopo River.
    Do you mean 'on' is the only correct preposition?

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    Re: preposition

    That was a reference to the "Just So" stories by Rudyard Kipling. I loved the story of the Elephant Child when I was little, so whenever I hear "crocodile" and "river bank" together, it comes to mind.

    I don't know enough about real crocodiles (as opposed to the ones in Kipling's story) to know if they lay their eggs on, under, or near the riberbank. I would say that "near, by, and beside" are all the same.

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    Re: preposition

    Hi Barb

    I would say that "near, by, and beside" are all the same. I don't know whether some animals enjoy eating crocodile eggs, so if the crocodiles lay them near/by/beside, I wonder the eggs would be eaten by animals.

    It is more a question related to science.

    All the best.

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    From Nile Crocodiles: Animal Information, Pictures, Map--National Geographic Kids

    "She scouts the area for a suitable nest site in which to lay the eggs, usually digging a hole on a riverbank, shoreline, or dry streambed."

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    Thanks, Casiopea, for your effort in producing the scientific information.

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    You're welcome.

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