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    A lion/lion doesn't roar while he fights.

    In which context should I say the following?
    1. A lion doesn't roar while he fights.
    2. Lion doesn't roar while he fights.

    I have seen sentence like this: Man is mortal. Why the "a" is not added before the word man?

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    Re: A lion/lion doesn't roar while he fights.

    "Man" is used to refer to the whole of humankind so it's a collective noun. That's not the case with your example about lions. Sentence 2 is wrong.

    A lion doesn't roar while fighting.
    Lions don't roar while fighting.

    I've changed "while he fights" to "while fighting" because not all lions are male. Female lions (lionesses) also fight.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 09-Sep-2017 at 16:46. Reason: Fixed typo - thanks GS
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A lion/lion doesn't roar while he fights.

    How many words are there to refer to the whole of a living thing or a non living thing?
    I would like to know the list of it.

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    Re: A lion/lion doesn't roar while he fights.

    "The animal kingdom" covers humans and fauna.
    "Non-human animals" covers fauna but not humans.
    "Flora" covers all plants.

    Don't forget humans are animals.

    (Not an anthropologist/botanist!)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: A lion/lion doesn't roar while he fights.

    Quote Originally Posted by arjitsharma View Post
    How many words are there to refer to the whole of a living thing or a non living thing?
    I would like to know the list of it.
    Google classification of living things ​and you'll probably get more than you bargained for!

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    Re: A lion/lion doesn't roar while he fights.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Flora" covers all plants.
    I think that some use fungi as a separate category.

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