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Hi. Let us say/pretend that I am trying to write some sentences for a true and false activity. Let me also say that the true statements below are based on what I know to be so and may not be correct or true. I think there is only one false statement and that is number 8, and the rest are true.

1. A ruler is an instrument used to measure things.

2. A cat (The cat - correct? as it refers to its species?) has two legs.

3. The cat has a short tail.

4. 1 kilogram weights more than 1 gram.

5. A car usually goes faster than a bicycle.

6. A cat runs faster than a turtle.

7. A man can't fly.

8. The elephant (An elephant - correct?) doesn't have a trunk.
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Hi,

Let us say/pretend that I am trying to write some sentences for a true and false activity. Let me also say that the true statements below are based on what I know to be so and may not be correct or true. I think there is only one false statement and that is number 8, and the rest are true.

1. A ruler is an instrument used to measure things.

2. A cat (The cat - correct? as it refers to its species?) has two legs.

You can say 'a' or 'the'. In such statements as these, 'a' is common.

3. The cat has a short tail.

4. 1 kilogram weighs more than 1 gram.

5. A car usually goes faster than a bicycle.

6. A cat runs faster than a turtle.

7. A man can't fly. I flew to Argentina two months ago. Emotion: smile

8. The elephant (An elephant - correct?) doesn't have a trunk.

Are you asking if people would pick 8? Yes.

Clive
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Hi. Thank you. I am sure, in addition to no. 8, no. 2 is also a correct/true statement in that a cat has four legs. Besides nos. 2 and 8, I think the rest are false.

Anyway, I think we normally use the indefinite article before a noun to define something normally like I did in no. 1, "A ruler is an instrument used to measure things." Could we write/it be written "Rulers are instruments used to measure things"? For definitional purposes, which one would you go with/use? (I am not sure I wrote correctly to reflect what I wanted to say, though)

As to nos. 2, 3, 5, 6,7, and 8, could we use plural nouns like these?

2. Cats have two legs.

3. Cats have short tails

Or Cats have a short tail. (correct?)

5. Cars usually go faster than bicycles.

6. Cats run faster than turtles.

7. Men can't fly.

8. Elephants do not have trunks.

Or Elephants do not have a trunk. (correct?)
Hi,

I am sure, in addition to no. 8, no. 2 is also a correct/true statement in that a cat has four legs.

So you mean it's true, in the sense that a cat has one leg, and two legs , and three legs, and four legs? That's not how people would interpret the sentence.

nos. 2 and 8, I think the rest are false.

So you think, for example, #6 is false?

Anyway, I think we normally use the indefinite article before a noun to define something normally like I did in no. 1, "A ruler is an instrument used to measure things." Could we write/it be written "Rulers are instruments used to measure things"? For definitional purposes, which one would you go with/use? (I am not sure I wrote correctly to reflect what I wanted to say, though) Either is OK.

As to nos. 2, 3, 5, 6,7, and 8, could we use plural nouns like these? Yes

2. Cats have two legs.

3. Cats have short tails

Or Cats have a short tail. (correct?) Both versions are OK

5. Cars usually go faster than bicycles.

6. Cats run faster than turtles.

7. Men can't fly.

8. Elephants do not have trunks.

Or Elephants do not have a trunk. (correct?) Both versions are OK

Clive
Hi. Thank you. I am sure what I meant to say was, "Other than nos. 2 and 8 (and no. 7 in the meaning you proprosed - which I think is "a man can fly to another country by taking an airplane"), the rest are true (and not false as written before).

As to the use of the word "fly," I think we can write (in two ways besides the one I mentioned before):

A man can fly to another country by taking an airplane.

And

A pilot can fly an airplane.
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Hi,

Yes.

Clive
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