ancestors/ancestry

mimi2

Senior Member
vietnam vietnamese
Hello,
Is it right if "ancestry" will be replaced with "ancestors" in this context? Thanks a lot.
"This man didn't know cold. But the dog knew, all its ancestry knew."
 
  • mimi2

    Senior Member
    vietnam vietnamese
    In your opinion, ancestors refers to people and ancestry refers to animals. Is it right?
     

    TrentinaNE

    Senior Member
    USA
    English (American)
    Hello,
    Is it right if "ancestry" will be replaced with "ancestors" in this context? Thanks a lot.
    "This man didn't know cold. But the dog knew, all its ancestry knew."
    Mimi, did you check the definitions of ancestor and ancestry here at WRF? Ancestry is defined as the "inherited properties shared with others of your bloodline." So I think that replacing "ancestry" with "ancestors" works fine in your sample sentence. "Knowing cold" is part of the ancestry (inherited properties), and the dog's ancestors also had this property of knowing cold.

    It's a little unusual to speak of an animal's ancestors, but I don't think the word has to be limited to humans. :)

    Elisabetta
     
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