What kind of animal is the dodo ?

Is article the right in this question?

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    It's correct, but a would also be acceptable.
    – Barmar
    Jun 30, 2017 at 15:00
  • Welcome to EL&U. One of the basic uses of the definite article is to indicate you are talking about something as an archetype of a whole class of things. Our sister site for English Language Learners may be of interest to you.
    – choster
    Jun 30, 2017 at 15:49
  • Because a is also correct, we need to know what you want your sentence to mean. The choice of article (much like the choice of preposition) can change the meaning.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jun 30, 2017 at 16:30

1 Answer 1


Yes, in fact, We put the definite article 'the' before a singular noun of an animal to denote the whole species (the + singular noun) can represent a class of animals or things. A dog is a loyal animal. = All dogs are loyal.

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    You explain the use of the definite article, but your example sentence doesn't use it.
    – Andrew Leach
    Jun 30, 2017 at 16:29

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