what is the right collocation?

Monkeys hang down the tree from/by/on their feet/legs/toes.

If more than one collocation is possible in this sentence please point it out.



Monkeys hang down from a tree by/using their feet/legs/toes.

I can't choose the last part because I have not seen monkeys hanging from trees recently. I imagine it is legs.

  • You said you haven't seen monkeys recently (funny by the way 😄) but seriously let's say monkeys use their feet and toes to hang down, can we say "hagn down with their feet or toes" Or no, when we say legs we already mean that?
    – Yuri
    Mar 5 '16 at 8:25
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    As a native US English speaker, I find "hanging with their feet" to sound very strange. Hanging by their feet sounds much more natural.
    – stangdon
    Mar 5 '16 at 16:33
  • Legs would be like hanging with their knees wrapped around a branch. Feet or toes would be different but I don't know if it is possible.
    – user3169
    Mar 5 '16 at 18:02
  • @stangdon Agreed. using would also be OK. I edited my answer.
    – user3169
    Mar 5 '16 at 18:04

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