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  1. Chimpanzees are an intelligent animal like dolphins
  2. Chimpanzees are intelligent animals like dolphins.
I wonder which one is grammatically correct.The subject complements are "an intelligent animal" and "intelligent animals".The subject is "Chimpanzees".
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(1) is pretty horrible. (2) is fine as far as the agreement is concerned. To be fussy, it has a slight imperfection in that it can be read as meaning that chimpanzees are generally like dolphins, not just in terms of their intelligence.

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(1) is pretty horrible. (2) is fine as far as the agreement is concerned. To be fussy, it has a slight imperfection in that it can be read as meaning that chimpanzees are generally like dolphins, not just in terms of their intelligence.

1. You don't think 1 is grammatically correct?

2. Do you think these following sentences are all pretty horrible as well?

We are a family.

Whales are a mammal.

Blog are an effective communication method.

fire11. You don't think 1 is grammatically correct?

It doesn't read properly.

fire1We are a family.

OK.

fire1Whales are a mammal.

No. Whales are mammals.

fire1Blog are an effective communication method.

Impossible.

fire1Chimpanzees are intelligent animals like dolphins.

I'd write it like this:

Chimpanzees and dolphins are intelligent animals.

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tkacka15I'd write it like this:
Chimpanzees and dolphins are intelligent animals.

This alters the topic, however. To keep the topic as "chimpanzees" alone, while avoiding the slight quibble that I mentioned earlier, you can write:

Chimpanzees, like dolphins, are intelligent animals.

GPYThis alters the topic, however.

I agree. Omitting the PP like dolphins alters the topic, indeed.