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peter123

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Hi there,

Amongst pets, I love dogs the most. OR
Amongst pets, I love the dog the most.

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Use "dogs" unless you are talking about a specific dog in which case you would use "the dog".
 

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Hi there,

But 'the dog' could mean all dogs.

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That's not right. "The" is the definite article which means you are talking about a single thing (dog) that is known to the writer and the reader. If you want to talk in general you don't use articles.
 

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Hi there,

Thanks very much.

How about this sentence?

My favourite animal is (the) panda?

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Hi there,

Amongst pets, I love dogs the most. OR
Amongst pets, I love the dog the most.

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pete

According to my grammar book, "The dog" can refer the thing in general. Have I misuderstood? Please.
 

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Hi there,
Yes i agree
 
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