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    #1

    The sea and the river are dangerous

    It's a sentence about 'sea' and 'river' in general. Is it correct to say:
    1.The sea and the river are dangerous.

    Can I also say:
    2. A sea and a river are dangerous.

    Is it the same as with:
    A tiger is a wild animal.
    The tiger is a wild animal.

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    Re: The sea and the river are dangerous

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    It's a sentence about 'sea' and 'river' in general. Is it correct to say:
    1.The sea and the river are dangerous.

    Can I also say:
    2. A sea and a river are dangerous.

    Is it the same as with:
    A tiger is a wild animal.
    The tiger is a wild animal.
    No, it's not the same. In the tiger sentences, the context suggests that you mean 'tigers', all tigers.
    Neither 1 nor 2 can be given this meaning without more context. You'd have to say "Seas and rivers are dangerous."

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    Re: The sea and the river are dangerous

    Quote Originally Posted by angelene001 View Post
    It's a sentence about 'sea' and 'river' in general. Is it correct to say:
    1.The sea and the river are dangerous.

    Can I also say:
    2. A sea and a river are dangerous.

    Is it the same as with:
    A tiger is a wild animal.
    The tiger is a wild animal.
    Yes, in the right context.

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    Re: The sea and the river are dangerous

    It would only be usable if it were true that all seas and rivers are dangerous. I don't think that's the case.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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