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- Dear Teachers,

1. What's your favorite kind of animal?

2. What's your favorite animal?

- These are the same meaning, right? and which one is more common?

Thanks very much to Teachers,

Stevenukd.
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Hi,

They are not the same. When we talk about types of animals, we talk about animal families such as vertebrates, invertebrates, mammal, insects, etc...

Best,
Hoa Thai

In my opinion, both of those questions mean the same thing.

During a normal conversation, my response would be the same for each question:

Question: "What's your favorite animal?" Answer: Dogs.
Question: "What's your favorite kind of animal?" Answer: Dogs.
Question: "What's your favorite type of animal?" Answer: Dogs.

Both ways are perfectly fine. #2 would probably be more common to hear, but not by much.
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SliderIn my opinion, both of those questions mean the same thing.

During a normal conversation, my response would be the same for each question:

Question: "What's your favorite animal?" Answer: Dogs.
Question: "What's your favorite kind of animal?" Answer: Dogs.
Question: "What's your favorite type of animal?" Answer: Dogs.

Both ways are perfectly fine. #2 would probably be more common to hear, but not by much.
Hi,

You are right! In daily conversation, people do not even think of protozoa, or echinoderms; but dogs, cats, etc...
However, if asked, "What's your favorite kind of animal?", they could answer, "four-legged kind" - right?

Best,
Hoa Thai
Hoa ThaiHi,

You are right! In daily conversation, people do not even think of protozoa, or echinoderms; but dogs, cats, etc...
However, if asked, "What's your favorite kind of animal?", they could answer, "four-legged kind" - right?

Best,
Hoa Thai
You could indeed! But I would say "four-legged animals" or "four-legged ones" instead of "four-legged kind."
Hoa Thai - they could, or they could even say, as I have heard people say "Ones that belong to other people."
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Stevenukd1. What's your favorite kind of animal?

2. What's your favorite animal?

- These are the same meaning, right? and which one is more common?

If the question were put by someone with a special interest in fauna, I would myself find a slight difference here, and take #1 to mean "What's your favourite group of animals?", e.g. members of the cat family, rodents, lepidoptera, warblers, reptiles, etc.

Otherwise, I wouldn't necessarily distinguish between the two. (But as I say, much would depend on the question-putter.)

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Hoa ThaiHi,

They are not the same. When we talk about types of animals, we talk about animal families such as vertebrates, invertebrates, mammal, insects, etc...

Best,
Hoa Thai


I tend to agree with Hoa. True, in normal conversation, most people will get the bulk meaning of the questions. But if we dissect the questions, they are not really the same.

"What's your favorite animal?" This implies the entire animal spices spectrum.

"What's your favorite kind of animal?" This narrows down the selections, perhaps a four-legged lizard, a two- legged talking cockatiel or even a bottle-nosed dolphin.