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    whole class of animal

    Hi,

    Do we use ''the'' when we refer to the whole of an animal?
    The dog is a faithful animal.
    The cow gives milk.

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    Re: whole class of animal

    Yes, but "a" will also work for an individual of the species.

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    #3

    Re: whole class of animal

    Quote Originally Posted by Untaught88 View Post
    Hi,

    Do we use ''the'' when we refer to the whole of an animal?
    The dog is a faithful animal.
    The cow gives milk.
    I'm not a teacher.

    "You can use the definitive article with some singular count nouns to make a generalization. (....) This pattern is often used when talking about species of animals and birds. "The red squirrel is steadily dying out." (From Collins Cobuild - English Guides /3/ Articles by Roger Berry.)
    I'm not a teacher and I'm not a native speaker of English.

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