favourite animal is panda

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One of my net friends says 'My favourite animal is panda' is a good sentence.
I think there must be a 'the' before 'panda'. Am I right?

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Yes, you are.

Alternatively, your friend could say:

My favourite animals are pandas.

Ryan

PS - My favourite animal is the deep sea angler (do you know this one?)
 

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You can also say, in some contexts, 'My favourite animal is a panda', though in most cases "the" would be the right choice; you need some kind of article though. Otherwise, the sentence sounds rather blood-thirsty: 'My favourite animal['s meat] is panda [which is delicious although it can be a bit stringy if under-done].' :oops::oops:

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Yes, you are.

Alternatively, your friend could say:

My favourite animals are pandas.

Ryan

PS - My favourite animal is the deep sea angler (do you know this one?)

Thank you very much for your help. But what is a deep sea angler? Could you tell me more?
 

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A picture is worth a thousand words.

Type 'deep sea angler' into Google. It think it was also in that movie Finding Nemo.

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You can also say, in some contexts, 'My favourite animal is a panda', though in most cases "the" would be the right choice; you need some kind of article though. Otherwise, the sentence sounds rather blood-thirsty: 'My favourite animal['s meat] is panda [which is delicious although it can be a bit stringy if under-done].' :oops::oops:

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'My favourite animal is a panda'
Yes this is also acceptable but it sounds like the favorite animal is a particular panda. Funny how the indefinite article can also denote something definite.:)
 

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'My favourite animal is a panda'
Yes this is also acceptable but it sounds like the favorite animal is a particular panda. Funny how the indefinite article can also denote something definite.:)

:up: That's an interesting thought. I wouldn't have thought of putting it that way, but you're right. ;-)

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Hi there,
Interesting to know that. But how about 'tennis'?
My favourite sport is tennis OR the tennis?
Why did you add 'the' before 'panda', but not 'the' in front of 'tennis'?
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Hi there,
Interesting to know that. But how about 'tennis'?
My favourite sport is tennis OR the tennis?
Why did you add 'the' before 'panda', but not 'the' in front of 'tennis'?
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pete
Since "tennis" is an uncout noun, I think you can say so.
How about "My favourite sport is playing tennis"? Does it sound more favourable? (Not a teacher);-)
 

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Yes, you are.

Alternatively, your friend could say:

My favourite animals are pandas.

Ryan

PS - My favourite animal is the deep sea angler (do you know this one?)
Hi, there. What about "My favourtie animal is pandas/the panda"?
This is also grammatically correct.
According to the rule of Subject - verb agreement, the verb should agree with the subject,not the complement.
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Since "tennis" is an uncout noun, I think you can say so.
How about "My favourite sport is playing tennis"? Does it sound more favourable? (Not a teacher);-)

Normally you'd say just 'My favourite sport is tennis'. You'd only add "playing" if you wanted to contrast it with "watching"; but it's not wrong - it just sounds a bit stilted to me.

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Hi there,

According to Michael Swan "Practical Usage" p. 62, 'the' can refer to the whole family of the thing:

The tiger is in danger of becoming extinct.
(The sentence is about the whole tiger family, not about individuals).

Then how about this sentence?

I love the tiger the most. (refer to the whole tiger family).

Thanks
pete
 

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Hi there,

According to Michael Swan "Practical Usage" p. 62, 'the' can refer to the whole family of the thing:

The tiger is in danger of becoming extinct.
(The sentence is about the whole tiger family, not about individuals).

Then how about this sentence?

I love the tiger the most. (refer to the whole tiger family).

Thanks
pete
I agree with Swan in this.

However, with reference to your suggestion, it is usable in the form: Of all the animals in the jungle, I love the tiger the most OR My favourite animal is the tiger.

With reference to your question about the panda - the same applies: I like the panda best of all animals >> My favourite animal is the panda.
 
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