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my problem :

  1. A cow has four legs.
  2. The cow has four legs.
  3. Cows have four legs.
  4. The cows have four legs
Which of the sentences is suitable for telling generally about cow (universal truth)?
(hopefully someone will help me,thank you!
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Hi,
my problem :

  1. A cow has four legs. Commonly said
  2. The cow has four legs . Rather more formal. 'The cow' represents 'all cows'.
  3. Cows have four legs. Commonly said
  4. The cows have four legs No. 'The cows' makes it a specific reference to specific cows.

  5. Which of the sentences is suitable for telling generally about cow (universal truth)?
    (hopefully someone will help me,thank you!

    Best wishes, Clive
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I have a farm and raise animals. The chickens have two legs. The dogs have three legs. The cows have four legs.

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zenkg my problem :
  1. A cow has four legs.
  2. The cow has four legs.
  3. Cows have four legs.
  4. The cows have four legs
Which of the sentences is suitable for telling generally about cow (universal truth)?
(hopefully someone will help me,thank you!

To be on the safe side, don't use 'the' when stating universal truths (when making generic statements about a whole class of entities).

The plural without 'the' is your best bet.

CJ

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Clive,thank you very much,my master!
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The first sentence is the one for expressing universal truth
according to my opinion i.e.
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A cow has four legs
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The cow has four legs.
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  1. A cow has four legs.
  2. The cow has four legs.

  1. Cows have four legs.

  1. The cows have four legs
  2. What is the correct sentence above

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