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    Grammar

    A cat is a domestic animal.
    Do you like a cat?
    Since "a cat" in the first sentence can mean "cats" , why is the second sentence wrong?

    I know that you are thinking:he is doing an outrage.I,too,was shocked that he was being prosecuted for his astute management.Indeed, I think he has a lot to teach managers as they struggle with the problems.
    a, Can I change "that" to "what" in this case?
    b,Does "too" mean I think it's an outrage?Or, mean I disagree the claim and I am very shocked at his prosecution?

    But now, in what must henceforth be known as the post-Provenzano management era, we can see that GE's great thinker wasn't thinking big enough.
    Can I change "in" to "from" in this case? And add "in" before "the post-Provenzano"?

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    Re: Grammar

    Hi puzzle

    [1] Do you like a cat?
    => Specific cat: the cat
    => Specific kind of animal: cats

    [2] I know that you are thinking:he is doing an outrage.
    => I know what you are thinking: he has done something outrageous / is outrageous.

    [3] I, too, was shocked that he was being prosecuted for...
    => Means, we share(d) similar reactions.

    [4] But now, in what must henceforth be known as the post-Provenzano management era, we can see that GE's great thinker wasn't thinking big enough.
    => But now, from what must henceforth be known as the ... era (from ... era doesn't work)

    => But now, what must henceforth be known as in the post-Provenzano management era, ...

    => But now, what must henceforth be known as the post-Provenzano management era, ...


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    Re: Grammar

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    Hi puzzle

    [1] Do you like a cat?
    => Specific cat: the cat
    => Specific kind of animal: cats

    [3] I, too, was shocked that he was being prosecuted for...
    => Means, we share(d) similar reactions.



    I. So, according to grammar , "a cat" is not used exactly as "the cat" and "cats". Right?
    II. Since "we shared similar reactions", the writer should happy for his prosecution, but why was the writer shocked about the prosecution? I think "I was shocked" means the writer feel unfair for "he".

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    Re: Grammar

    Hi puzzle

    I. Right. '"a cat" is not used exactly as "the cat" and "cats"'. The reason being, the article/determiner 'a' is non-specific.

    II. The second speaker is not happy. Rather, s/he was shocked; the outcome was unexpected.


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