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    azz is offline Member
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    Default they attack humans

    Why are you worried about rats but not about mice?
    a. Because mice don't attack humans but rats do.
    b. Because rats attack humans.

    As far as I know, rats rarely attack humans, but they might indeed do so. Would sentences (a) and (b) be acceptable in this conversation? They seem to be making a very general statement, but actually, in the conversation they are not supposed to do so.

    I think they work in this converstaion. Here they do not mean all rats attack humans, but simply that a rat might attack a human being.

    What is your verdict?

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    Default Re: they attack humans

    They're both inaccurate, but in conversation people could use them.

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