1 cat in 3 boxes vs 3 cats in 3 boxes

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bubeepbu

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Dear all,

I am confused about how to write a correct sentence for the situation below.

1) Andy puts a cat in three boxes - A, B and C.
One cat only and the same cat. First, he puts the cat in Box A then Box B then Box C.
Can I say, Andy puts a cat in three boxes, A, B and C, individually?

2) Andy puts a cat in three boxes - A, B and C.
So, there is a total of 3 cats.
Can I say, Andy puts a cat in three respective boxes, A, B and C?

Plz advice. Thank you.
 
  • For the first meaning, I suggest "sequentially," rather than "individually" ("... three boxes, A, B and C, sequentially"), to make it clear that he was putting the same cat in a series of three boxes, one after the other.

    For the second, you could add "each of" before "boxes" - "... puts a cat in each of three boxes ..." - which makes clear that there are three cats, one in each box.
     

    morzh

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    1) No, sounds clumsy.
    "One box at a time" or "in sequence" could be used here.

    2)Andy puts a cat in each of the boxes A, B and C.
     
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