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    #1

    Three Ways to express a general statement

    a)A dog is a faithful animal.
    b)The dog is a faithful animal.
    c)Dogs are faithful animals.

    I think the three examples share the same basic meaning.
    Is there a difference of nuance between them?


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    #2

    Re: Three Ways to express a general statement

    All three are correct. No difference in meaning. (C) is less formal than the first two.

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    #3

    Re: Three Ways to express a general statement

    Quote Originally Posted by naomimalan View Post
    All three are correct. No difference in meaning. (C) is less formal than the first two.
    Thanks for the answer naomimalan :)
    I'd like to confirm whether b) sounds academic or not.
    I've heard that thing from a native.


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    #4

    Re: Three Ways to express a general statement

    Yes, it does. Your native speaker was right.

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