elephants are the biggest <animal/ animals>

snowyang

Senior Member
Chinese
elephants are the biggest 【 】on land.

A animals B animal

Which is the correct answer and could you please tell the reason? Thank you very much!
 
  • Cagey

    post mod (English Only / Latin)
    English - US
    After 'are' I would use the plural, 'animals'.
    Elephants are the biggest animals on land.

    You can express the same idea in the singular:
    The elephant is the biggest animal on land.
    Here, 'the elephant' stands for that type of animal, or all elephants combined.
     
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