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All / The – class

Making generalizations about the group

ancestor
 

 

All / The — Unspecific

ALL –UNSPECIFIC

 The plural form puts emphasis on "all", a focus more commonly found in everyday speech, books, articles, and magazines. The plural form is used to discuss all in general. In cases where a word has no plural form, for example – fish, deer, and elk – use the singular form .

WolvesWolves hunt in packs.

Trappers hunt wolves for their fur.

Husky packDogs are descended from wolves.

Wolves are the ancestors of dogs.

THE CLASS – UNSPECIFIC

The puts emphasis on the class (type, or kind) a focus mostly found in science books, encyclopedias and technical writing. We use "the class" when discussing the quality, character of behavior of a class.

The WolfThe wolf (Canis Lupus) hunts in a pack.

Trappers hunt the wolf for its fur.

The HuskyThe dog isdescended from the wolf.

The wolf is the ancestor of the dog.

 

be descended from – be related to a group that lived a long time ago

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practice 1

Focusing on All

Wolf
 

Change the focus from "the class "to "all".

EXAMPLE:    Why does the wolf howl? (the class)  ⇒   Why do wolves howl? (all)

  1. Select the response from the list that best completes the sentence. 
  2. Compare your response to the feedback by clicking the "check" button.

 

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Practice 2

Focusing on the Class

dog
 

 

Change the focus from all  to the class.

EXAMPLE:   Why do wolves howl? (all) ⇒  Why does the wolf howl? (the class)

  1. Select the response from the list that best completes the sentence. 
  2. Compare your response to the feedback by clicking the "check" button.

 

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