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Which is correct when we talk generally about our preferences?
My favourite means of transport is a / the car.
My favourite animal is a / the cat.
Thanks for replies .
With preferences the rule is usually to choose 'the' due to the context.
In your examples, it would be:
My favourite means of transport is the car.
My favourite animal is the cat.
Notice here it follows the usual article set of rules. Even though the speaker isn't referring to a specific or individual car or cat, in the context of the speech however they are referring to a specific or definite type, kind or means (as in your examples above) of transport or animal, which is their favourite.
Hope that clears that up