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    Cool prey

    Hi,

    Is this sentence correct?

    "I'd be the hunter rather than they prey".

    "He touches the puppies and became the prey of the tigress"


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    1. I'd rather be the hunter than the prey.

    2. What? First you have verb tense confusion, present followed by past. Second, why would touching the puppies make him the prey of the tigress? It doesn't quite follow without some explanation.


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    It is good to know the difference between prey and pray. That is a positive outcome of your original question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonsense View Post
    1. I'd rather be the hunter than the prey.

    2. What? First you have verb tense confusion, present followed by past. Second, why would touching the puppies make him the prey of the tigress? It doesn't quite follow without some explanation.
    "He touched the puppies and became the prey of the tigress." It was a spelling mistake.

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    Re: prey

    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    "He touched the puppies and became the prey of the tigress." It was a spelling mistake.
    The young of tigers are not called "puppies"; they are called 'cubs'.

    So perhaps you meant to say, 'He touched the cubs and became the prey of the tigress.'

    But I don't think "prey" is the right word here. 'victim' is better.

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    Re: prey

    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    The young of tigers are not called "puppies"; they are called 'cubs'.
    puppy, or puppies, are young or juvenile dogs.
    kitty, kitten, cat, tomcat, etc are all synonyms. Tomcat is a male cat.
    kinda off-topic, eh.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    The young of tigers are not called "puppies"; they are called 'cubs'.

    So perhaps you meant to say, 'He touched the cubs and became the prey of the tigress.'

    But I don't think "prey" is the right word here. 'victim' is better.
    Ok. Actually it comes from a sentence in French: "La proie de la tigresse" and the dictionary shows that "proie" means "prey" in French. And now I've learn a new word: "cubs". I've never heard it before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bieasy View Post
    Ok. Actually it comes from a sentence in French: "La proie de la tigresse" and the dictionary shows that "proie" means "prey" in French. And now I've learn a new word: "cubs". I've never heard it before.
    But probably in the French sentence 'prey' was used in a different context. 'prey' usually means a kind of animal that another animal regularly hunts for food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2006 View Post
    But probably in the French sentence 'prey' was used in a different context. 'prey' usually means a kind of animal that another animal regularly hunts for food.
    I think your definition of 'prey' is a bit narrow. In French 'victim' is 'victime', victim is not the same as prey, prey is not always caught.

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    Re: prey

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    I think your definition of 'prey' is a bit narrow. In French 'victim' is 'victime', victim is not the same as prey, prey is not always caught.
    I didn't say/mean that "victim" is the same as "prey".
    I think "victim" is better because the common definition of "prey" is "an animal hunted or seized for food esp. by a carnivorous animal". (dictionary.com)
    In the situation under discussion, I would think that the tigress is not likely to eat the person who touched her cubs. She will injure or even kill the person, but then her attention will probably be focussed on getting her cubs away from that place. (but maybe some tiger experts will disagree)

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