＜Q１＞Concerning the sentence A, even if we change "a tiger" to "any tiger", is the meaning still the same?
A: A tiger is a strong animal.
＜Q２＞Concerning the sentence B, even if we change "a tiger" to "any tiger", is the meaning still the same?
B: A tiger is an animal that lives in the jungle and has fangs and nails.
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Thus any can be substituted for alan in examples like:
The best way to learn a language is to live among its speakers.
"any" sometimes has a similar but more emphatic meaning.
The greatest threat to any actor is the presumption that knowledge can be automatically transposed into experience.
You can not use this pattern when you want to talk about the location or existence of a type of animal,thing or person. For example, you can not say "A ring-tailed lemur lives in Madagascar"; you would have to say "Ring-tailed lemusr live in Madagascar" or "The ring-tailed lemur lives in Madagascar".
This use is common in explanations of meanings and in some dictionary definitions.
A mountain is bigger and higher than a hill.
In Grammar, a noun is a word which is used to refer to a person, a thing, or an abstract idea.
Grammatically,"A tiger is a strong animal " may fit the generic sense at the sentence level, but it does sound odd on its own.
Eventually, the context tells it all---not grammar rules alone.
Do you mean this sentence, generic as it may sound, sounds natural only to some people －－those who don't know the animal well?
Or do you mean it's possible that this sentence might mean there is a certain (specific) tiger that is strong?
And do you mean "any" is not suitable for stating definition in most cases?
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