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    correct sentence

    Tigers are fierce animals.

    1. A tiger is a fierce animal.
    2. The tiger is a fierce animal.

    Which is the correct sentence in the singular corresponding to the sentence in bold?

    Many thanks.
    Last edited by Tan Elaine; 13-Oct-2008 at 03:58.

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    Re: correct sentence

    I believe the second choice more closely coresponds to the boldface example.

    The example speaks in general terms about tigers. If our response is "The tiger is a fierce animal" we are speaking in general terms as well. We are not pointing to one specific animal in a menagerie (if we were, I think we would have said "That tiger..." or "This tiger..." is a fierce animal).

    I'll bet I get some disagreement on this point!

    And I'll probably learn something, too!

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    Re: correct sentence

    Quote Originally Posted by tan elaine View Post
    tigers are fierce animals.

    1. A tiger is a fierce animal.
    2. The tiger is a fierce animal.

    Which is the correct sentence in the singular corresponding to the sentence in bold?
    both are correct. Both are saying that all tigers are fierce.

    many thanks.
    2006

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