Let's say I want to compare two animals

A rabbit runs faster than a turtle


Rabbits run faster than turtles.

Which one should I prefer?

  • This is a matter of style, not law. I'd prefer the briefer formulation, but I'm sure contexts exists where I'd pick the longer one. – Dan Bron Mar 25 '16 at 13:22
  • It depends somewhat on context. The singular form can be understood to mean the same as the plural form, but in some contexts it can also mean that a particular (but unspecified) rabbit consistently runs faster than a particular turtle. – PellMel Mar 25 '16 at 14:44
  • These Google Ngrams seem to show that it's a fairly close-run thing. – Edwin Ashworth Mar 25 '16 at 17:24

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