take turns to keep the eggs warm by sitting on them

l3376876

Banned
Chinese, Taiwan
1. The mother lays two eggs, and both parents take turns to keep the eggs warm by sitting on them.

Is the underlined part colloquial to your ears? If not, what about this:

2. ...take turns sitting on them to keep them warm.

OR
How would you describe it?

Thanks.
 
  • Max83

    Member
    England, English
    I think your second version sounds better: "both parents take turns sitting on them to keep them warm".

    I wouldn't say that sounds especially colloquial but I believe the technical term for such activity is "incubation" - i.e. the birds incubate their eggs by sitting on them.
     

    l3376876

    Banned
    Chinese, Taiwan
    I think your second version sounds better: "both parents take turns sitting on them to keep them warm".

    I wouldn't say that sounds especially colloquial but I believe the technical term for such activity is "incubation" - i.e. the birds incubate their eggs by sitting on them.
    Thanks, Max. Ditto.:thumbsup:
     
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