You ask a parrot what door the other parrot would choose if you asked him the way to heaven. Then you pick the other one.
Some of you may have come across the following before:
There is an island inhabited by monks who are very logical but have some very rigid rules that they live by. They must never know the colour of their eyes, else they must leave. Another rule is that, despite everyone seeing each other every day, they cannot communicate in any way whatsoever. That, combined with the fact that there are no reflective surfaces on the
island, means that the blue-eyed monks never find out their eye color and so all is good for years and years.
But one day a visitor comes to the island and before they leave, remarks for all to hear that they've never seen such beautiful blue eyes as on this island.
Well if they've never communicated before, they wouldn't have a clue what he was saying, surely?...
Don't think I did, and have re-read?You stated that a single visitor came but then multiple left, did one of the monks see his own blue eyes and was leaving?
Sentence seems perfectly OK for the singular. But my grammar slips frequently.But one day a visitor comes to the island and before they leave, remarks for all to hear that they've never seen such beautiful blue eyes as on this island.
'A' denotes a single visitor.But one day a visitor comes to the island and before they leave, remarks for all to hear that they've never seen such beautiful blue eyes as on this island.
Well logically nothing should happen.
1. Visitor says (s)he has never seen such beautiful blue eyes.
2. Due to there being nothing that they can see their own eyes with on the island they can't know by that method.
3. Since they have a vow of silence they cannot discuss what the visitor said.
4. They cannot prove who the visitor was talking about and if they all have blue-eyes they wouldn't be able to decide if it was them.
5. They are at a stalemate and nothing happens unless they break their rules which would lead to one or more of them leaving anyway.
'A' denotes a single visitor.
'They' denotes a plural of the previous noun, in this case visitor(s)
Good point about the monks being allowed to communicate with the visitor, but what motive would they have for asking him? They don't want to know.Yeah I made this thread to see how we will tackle a problem. That being said, I think I have a solution. The monks can't communicate to EACH OTHER, but it doesn't seem like they couldn't communicate with the visitor. So I think each monk would ask the visitor if he was the one the visitor was referring to. If the visitor reveals to whom he was referring, then that monk would know that he has blue eyes, and would have to leave. :mellow: