I am a non-native English speaker. I was reading a paragraph about lions and I came up with a question about 'the definite article (the)'.
Let me tell you first what I know about it.
1->We use it before a singular noun (when we are sure about the noun. And the listener and the speaker both know about it).
2->We use before a plural noun (again when we are sure about the noun, and we are not talking generally). So, my question is that why the writer used 'it (the)' here as we are not talking about any specific lion or lions. We are talking generally.
Living in the grasslands, scrub, and open woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa, the lion is the second largest cat in the world. It is dwarfed slightly by the tiger, which is closely related and has a very similar body type.
Can we re-write the paragraph something like this:
Living in grasslands, scrub, and open woodlands of sub-Saharan Africa, lions are the second largest cat in the world. They are dwarfed slightly by tigers, they are closely related and has a very similar body type.