Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: jain

  1. #1
    Unregistered Guest

    jain

    Is it correct to say in the same paragraph:

    'Elephants are vegetarian. Elephants have a small tail.'

    I realise that 'elephants' or any other noun representing a class, may be treated as a compound noun used as in the singular sense.

    I saw the following in National Geographic. Is it correct?

    'Males show mostly black, while females have an orange mandible that matches their feet.'

  2. #2
    José Manuel Rosón Bravo is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain
    Join Date
    Mar 2006
    Posts
    293

    Re: jain

    Hi jain,

    It is correct, althought, in my opinion, it could be better to say:

    Elephants are vegetarian and have a small tail.

    On the other hand, yes, when you say “elephants”, you refer to the species.

    If you said “the elephants”, you would be referring to a particular group of them.

    Thanks.

    José Manuel Rosón Bravo

  3. #3
    MASM's Avatar
    MASM is offline Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Spanish
      • Home Country:
      • Spain
      • Current Location:
      • Spain
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Posts
    287

    Re: jain

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Is it correct to say in the same paragraph:

    'Elephants are vegetarian. Elephants have a small tail.'

    I realise that 'elephants' or any other noun representing a class, may be treated as a compound noun used as in the singular sense.

    I saw the following in National Geographic. Is it correct?

    'Males show mostly black, while females have an orange mandible that matches their feet.'
    I'm not sure of what your question is, but nouns representing a class are not compound nouns (these can be: ice-cream, bedroom..) but a generalization.

    If you wish to englobe every elephant in the world you can also say "The elephant is vegetarian and has a small tail".

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •