Grammar lesson: Animals – useful language for giving your opinion

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21 May 2024

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In this live lesson there will be an introduction to animals and useful language to talk about your opinions. Then, you can listen to a short explanation, participate in a quiz and practise using the language yourself.

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Submitted by User_1 on Sat, 01/06/2024 - 16:11


Hello Jo, Thanks a lot for your lesson!
Please, could you check my task?
Thank you!


If you could be any animal what would you be and why?

I would always be a wild animal, but I can’t choose between a dolphin and a wolf. So I have mixed feelings about this choice.
I would pick the dolphin because the sea is their natural habitat and for their intelligence and sensitivity traits.
On the other hand, beyond their beauty, I'm keen on the wolf for the loyalty over the time.

*Please, about animals, what kind of possessive adjective should I use? Its or their?*

The question of zoos is really a complex and not clear-cut issue, so I have mixed feelings about it as well.
Although I'm not in favour of keeping wild animals in captivity, I believe it is important to protect endangered species.

They should be in a safe environment with very high levels of control and care for their needs, but I'm not convinced that zoos are the only solution to prevent the extinction of wild animals.

Hi User_1,

Fantastic answers to both questions! It's great to see you using the language from the lesson. 
As for your question about possessive adjectives ... you should use its for a singular and their for a plural animal. Unless you're talking about your pet, in which case you know whether it's male or female and you could say 'her' or 'his'. 
You can use the singular definite article when referring to a species of animal in general, e.g. 'I would pick the dolphin'. But the plural form is also correct: 'dolphins live in the sea'. 
I hope that helps.
Best wishes, Jo

Hello Jo,
many thanks for your help, encouragement and your explanation.
Your feedback is really important to me.