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    [A/The] cheetah runs the fastest of all the land animals

    Hello,

    I have learned that both "a" and "the" can be used as a generalised determiner, with a slight difference. In this sentence, is one better than the other?

    The cheetah runs the fastest of all the land animals.

    A cheetah runs the fastest of all the land animals.

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    Nawee

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    Re: [A/The] cheetah runs the fastest of all the land animals

    In that context, I would use "The", though "A" is not wrong.

    I would say "The cheetah is the fastest of all the land animals" rather than using "runs the fastest".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: [A/The] cheetah runs the fastest of all the land animals

    Quote Originally Posted by naweewra View Post
    Hello,

    I have learned that both "a" and "the" can be used as a generalised determiner, with a slight difference. In this sentence, is one better than the other?

    The cheetah runs the fastest of all the land animals.

    A cheetah runs the fastest of all the land animals.

    Thank you.

    Nawee
    I agree with emsr. "A" cheetah means an individual cheetah or a typical cheetah. "The" cheetah refers to the species as a whole. In your sentence there is little difference, but in other contexts the difference can be significant.

    "I heard that a cheetah was hit by a car." (one unknown cheetah)
    "I saw a cheetah in the zoo. While I was there, the cheetah ate a rabbit. (a specific cheetah)

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