In my English textbook was a sentence, "One person decided to get a new cat to replace a beloved one that had recently died"

This "beloved one" is his cat or his wife or husband?

  • It seems to me that we sometimes refer to relatives as "loved ones," not "beloved ones." – Chaim Jun 13 '17 at 0:00

While it's not entirely clear from the sentence, the use of the word "new" leads me to believe it is an old cat that is being replaced. If I were getting a cat to replace a deceased wife, I would probably just call it "a cat", as saying "a new cat" seems to contrast with a previous cat.

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It could refer to either, and without further context there is no way of definitively saying which.

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