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    He called his invention a mouse

    Can you replace "a mouse" with "mouse"? Is it possible to say without an article?

    31)He called his invention a mouse. This is because it was small and had a tail...

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    Re: He called his invention a mouse

    As an NES but not a teacher:

    To me, "he called his invention 'mouse' " would mean that he called the specific individual device he had made "mouse". This would be the same as calling a specific robot that looked like a dog "K9".

    "He called his invention 'a mouse' " would correspondingly mean that "a mouse" was the generic name he used to describe that and any similar devices.

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    Re: He called his invention a mouse

    Not unless he addressed it - "Good morning, Mouse. How are you feeling today?".

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    Re: He called his invention a mouse

    Are we, perchance, delving into the realms of "casuistry", a word I recently picked up from Tdol?

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    Re: He called his invention a mouse

    Incidentally, whoever he was (the designer of the pointing device) he wasn't the first to use 'mouse' metaphorically. Latin got there first, with musculus (='little mouse'). No prizes for guessing which English words derive from that. But it's quite a charming image I think.

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