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If a old man feels alone, her partner died many yeas ago,having decided to raise a cat or dog, could I say the old man intends to breed a pet in order to relief his loneliness?
Last edited by Soox; 07-Sep-2013 at 02:10.
Sorry, "her" should be changed into "his". I guess the word "breed" means some animals are raised/kept in a bid for making money.
Did you look up breed in the dictionary? A lonely old man can't breed a dog for companion unless he already has a fertile dog and bitch. But then he wouldn't be lonely, and wouldn't have to breed them. The man is more likely to acquire one from a breeder, or a petshop, or a litter that someone wants to give away.
...or hopefully give a loving home to a rescue dog from an animal sanctuary.
If you breed animals or plants, you keep them for the purpose of producing more animals or plants with particular qualities, in a controlled way.
This is a definition about breed from here.
The college specially cultures medical talents.
"cultures", here, is not changed into "breeds" because breed refers to training some animals or plants rather than persons.
Am I right?
If I'm right, why does not the sentence comply with the rule?
Born and bred in this country, he and his wife emigrated to Los Angeles after the war
he was bred in the country. But he is a person rather than some animal. I'm puzzled over the phrase "Born and bred".
'Born and bred' is a fixed expression, simply meaning 'born and brought up'.