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    The manager informed the employee that he would get the promotion soon.


    Why doesn't "the employee" add "s"

    But why this one (down here) has "s"?


    You will find the references at the back of the booklet.


    Thank you

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    The s marks the plural - one employee, several references.

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    What about this sentence below

    The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world.

    Why [didn't](should I use don't or didn't?) they add "s" at the end of giraffe and change is to are?

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    They could add an s:

    Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world. =
    The giraffe is the tallest animal in the world.

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    #5

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    What Bob said. (You can say it either way.)




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    Why does "the employee" mean singular whereas "the giraffe" means plural?


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    If we wished to indicate all giraffes then we could say 'giraffes'. Another way is to refer to the species to which all giraffes belong. There is only one such classification and we could simply call this 'giraffe'. To make it clear he says 'the giraffe' emphasizing this singularity and hence his reference to the species, all giraffes.

    Had there been a giraffe present, then "The giraffe has the longest neck" could possibly have been referring to a second party. However in this case he more likely to say "That giraffe" to indicate which giraffe.

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    The phrase "the employee" is not likely to refer to all employees.


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