Sun 24 Aug, 2008 09:56 am
1. Which is stronger, a tiger or a lion?
2. Which is stronger, the tiger or the lion?
What is the difference in meaning between the two sentences? I think the second sentence compares the strength of a specific tiger with that of a lion.
Am I correct? Many thanks.
The second one can compare specific tigers or lions, but can also be understood to mean a general comparison. The first one can't describe specific tigers or lions so you are right in the difference, even though it doesn't always have that difference in meaning.