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A child is talking to another child:

"Hey! Guess what animal it is. It is white and black and has a long neck."


"Hey! Guess the animal. It is white and black and has a long neck."

Which one is correct?

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They are both correct, but the word guess is used in different senses:

1. to arrive at or commit oneself to an opinion about (something) without having sufficient evidence to support the opinion fully: to guess a person's weight.

2. to estimate or conjecture about correctly: to guess what a word means.

The examples given are more enlightening than the definitions; you see that the usage of guess is correct either like this:

Guess the animal:

or like this:

Guess what animal this is:

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In both cases, guess has the same meaning; it's just that the two sentences include different ways to use guess. So both meanings are for both sentences. – Daniel Sep 11 '11 at 23:06
Ah, I see. Thank you!!! – brilliant Sep 11 '11 at 23:09

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