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    #1

    molt(ing)

    Hi

    Which tense is it better to use?

    1. My friend's dog is molting
    2. My friend's dog molts.

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    Re: molt(ing)

    First, dog's don't molt. They shed. Birds, reptiles, insects molt.

    To say your dog is shedding is to say that today, in this season of the year, your dog is dropping hairs all over the place. Time to vacuum.

    To say you dog sheds is to say that this breed tends to shed. Some dogs do not shed, others do. Yours does, but that is not to say that today there is any evidence of that.


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    #3

    Re: molt(ing)

    Dogs are generally said to moult their hair as well as shedding it. Both verbs are used.

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    #4

    Re: molt(ing)

    Perhaps in England they do. Not over here, thankfully.


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    #6

    Re: molt(ing)

    I rest my case. Only English dogs moult.


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    Re: molt(ing)

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    I rest my case. Only English dogs moult.
    All animals moult:

    Definition: lose feathers, hair, or skin: to shed feathers, hair, or skin periodically, especially seasonally, in order to allow replacement of what is lost with new growth

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    #8

    Re: molt(ing)

    Quote Originally Posted by jlinger View Post
    The original question, Anglika, if you bother to check, was about molting, not moulting.

    Tell me this is a British forum and I will butt out. I thought it was an English forum. And you do not hold an exclusive on the language.
    Molting IS moulting. It's simply a variant spelling.
    You said that "dogs don't molt" and you were wrong. Why are you giving Anglika a hard time when it is you who have not checked the facts?
    Australian dogs definitely molt/moult, so it can't be a purely British phenomenon.

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