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I like dogs / I like dog?

Posted: Sat Sep 30, 2006 2:27 pm
by cyphever1
Does it really matter whether plural is used?

Posted: Sun Oct 15, 2006 12:12 pm
by SwissCheese
As far as this single example is concerned it seems to matter. I personally would not say "I like dog".
I would rather say "I like dogs" or "I like this dog".

Posted: Mon Oct 16, 2006 4:53 pm
by odyssey
"I like dog" is possible. The sense it conveys is "I like dog-meat" or "I like to eat dog".

(Dog meaning dog-meat is uncountable.)

If this is not what you mean, you should say:

I like dogs
I like some dogs
I like your dogs
I like big dogs
etc

OR

I like this dog
I like my dog
I like every dog
I like the dog
etc

(Dog meaning the animal is countable. Thus, in this sense, "I like dog" is not English.)

http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/noun ... ntable.htm

Doesn't matter

Posted: Wed Nov 22, 2006 2:02 pm
by meylenlau
When you say, "I like dog." That means in your mind you have a figure of a dog, you don't care whatever dog it is , very general.But when you say," I like dogs". That means a variety of dogs appear in your mind.
The language you use convey your message.

plurality for generalizations...

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 7:44 am
by eric_p_m
Dear Meylenlau,

The type of generalization you are talking about grammatically requires plural usage. The type of distinguishing characteristic you are referring to reminds me of the differing definitions between the use of "fish" and "fishes". In general, "fish" is considered to be an uncountable noun, but if you are trying to distinguish multiple types of fish, which are different from each other, then you should utilize "fishes".

As far as "dog" and "dogs" go, I agree and hopefully reinforce Odyssey's previous lucid explanation for your further reference.


Sincerely,

Eric Paul Monroe

http://www.eric-tesol.com/

Re: plurality for generalizations...

Posted: Sun Nov 26, 2006 12:14 pm
by meylenlau
eric_p_m wrote:Dear Meylenlau,

The type of generalization you are talking about grammatically requires plural usage. The type of distinguishing characteristic you are referring to reminds me of the differing definitions between the use of "fish" and "fishes". In general, "fish" is considered to be an uncountable noun, but if you are trying to distinguish multiple types of fish, which are different from each other, then you should utilize "fishes".

As far as "dog" and "dogs" go, I agree and hopefully reinforce Odyssey's previous lucid explanation for your further reference.


Sincerely,

Eric Paul Monroe

http://www.eric-tesol.com/
Thanks.

Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2006 8:40 pm
by chackavak
"I like dogs" is correct, because when you're talking about something generally, you have to use the plural form of the noun, of course when it is a countable noun.