[General] A lion/lion doesn't roar while he fights.

arjitsharma

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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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"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.
 
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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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"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!)
 

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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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