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    Peter wants to raise(keep) a snake as a pet

    I made a similar question about pets, and most of them told me "I have a pet" is a common expression instead of "I raise a pet", but is the following common? Do you say raise or keep or have for this?

    ex)Peter wants to raise(keep, have) a snake as a pet.

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    Re: Peter wants to raise(keep) a snake as a pet

    Peter wants to have a snake as a pet.

    In general, the term 'raise' refers to caring for an animal from birth in a farm or zoo setting.

    You will occasionally hear, 'He keeps a ______ as a pet,' but this construction is most frequently used when discussing an unusual or exotic animal. 'He keeps a skunk as a pet.'

    When referring to dogs or cats, people 'have' those as pets.

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    Re: Peter wants to raise(keep) a snake as a pet

    Quote Originally Posted by Preceptor View Post
    Peter wants to have a snake as a pet.

    In general, the term 'raise' refers to caring for an animal from birth in a farm or zoo setting.

    You will occasionally hear, 'He keeps a ______ as a pet,' but this construction is most frequently used when discussing an unusual or exotic animal. 'He keeps a skunk as a pet.'

    When referring to dogs or cats, people 'have' those as pets.
    So when you express a desire for pet, would you say "I'd like to keep or have a pet"?

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    Re: Peter wants to raise(keep) a snake as a pet

    In BrE, we use "have" or "get".

    Mum, can we get a dog?
    Dad, I want to have a kitten.
    Dad, I want a kitten.
    When I was a child, I wanted to have a pony.
    Their child has asked if they can get a puppy for Christmas.
    Their son asked if he could have a tarantula.

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    Re: Peter wants to raise(keep) a snake as a pet

    So when you express a desire for pet, would you say "I'd like to keep or have a pet"?

    There is a very fine nuance here, Keannu.

    In AmE, if your intention is to tell someone that you would like to obtain a pet, then you would say "I'd like to have (or get) a pet."

    Keeping pets is generally reserved for professional boarding services, and raising pets generally refers to professionals that breed pets for sale.

    John

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