Which is correct?
Nakul on October 3rd, 2009 at 9:59 am
So, the sentence "the black bears are remarkably strong climbers" when used in the generic sense is wrong?
Alex on October 5th, 2009 at 7:09 am
Absolutely! That sentence is grammatically correct only if one is referring to a specific set (indicated by the definite article "the") of black bears (a plural noun). The sentence would not refer to the "black bear" as a species, in the generic sense (a singular noun).
Keep in mind that when you are indeed referring to the species, the noun itself is expressed in its singular form with the definite article preceding:
"The black bear is a remarkably strong climber."
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