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    sitifan is offline Senior Member
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    Default Cats, a cat, the cat

    1. Cats and dogs are often enemies.
    2. A cat and a dog are often enemies.
    3. The cat and the dog are often enemies.

    I think #1 is correct. Are #2 and #3 also acceptable?
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    Exclamation Re: Cats, a cat, the cat

    Quote Originally Posted by sitifan View Post
    1. Cats and dogs are often enemies.
    2. A cat and a dog are often enemies.
    3. The cat and the dog are often enemies.

    I think #1 is correct. Are #2 and #3 also acceptable?
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    Yes #1 is correct and #2 is acceptable becuase of use of indefinite article, but #3 is incorrect. You not use "the" because the nouns before which it is used are indefinite (unspecified).The general rule states that the first mention of a noun is indefinite and all subsequent references to this noun are definite and take the.

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    Default Re: Cats, a cat, the cat

    Quote Originally Posted by Manas Ranjan Mallick View Post
    Yes #1 is correct and #2 is acceptable becuase of use of indefinite article, but #3 is incorrect. You not use "the" because the nouns before which it is used are indefinite (unspecified).The general rule states that the first mention of a noun is indefinite and all subsequent references to this noun are definite and take the.
    With due respect, I have some reservations about the answers to #2 & #3.
    (Not a teacher)

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    Default Re: Cats, a cat, the cat

    1. Cats and dogs are often enemies. General statement about the species concerned.
    2. A cat and a dog are often enemies. General statement about unspecific animals
    3. The cat and the dog are often enemies. Statement about specific animals known to the speaker; but can also be a general statement about "the cat"[animal species] and "the dog" [animal species].

    I think #1 is correct. Are #2 and #3 also acceptable? So the answer is yes.

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