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I am really puzzled here. What's the right way to say in Russian "I have five male monkeys"?

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    All versions are correct, however the last one is more colloquial.
    – Aleks G
    Jun 10, 2013 at 16:04
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    Почему пять..? :) Jun 10, 2013 at 19:48
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    @Александр Подозреваю, чтобы в конце вышло "самцов" а не "самец" или "самца" ;-) Jun 11, 2013 at 9:57
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    "У меня пять обезьян, и все самцы". :)
    – Dima
    Jun 12, 2013 at 21:56
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    У меня пять мужиков, и все обезьяны :)
    – orlenko
    Jun 18, 2013 at 18:54

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I'd prefer 'обезьян-самцов'. Other possible options:

  • 'самцов обезьяны' - common (plural form of 'самец обезьяны')
  • 'обезьян-особей мужского пола' - technically correct but not used

Incorrect options:

  • 'обезьянних самцов' - obviously incorrect.
  • 'самцов обезьян' - technically incorrect, sometimes used by mistake
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    I don't think that «самцов обезьян» is correct.
    – kirelagin
    Jun 10, 2013 at 19:19

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