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I think the tiger is one of the most impressive creatures.

I read this sentence here and wondering why "the" is used in the sentence. I think it is not any of these situations. I don't think the author is talking about that particular tiger either. Is this a mistake?

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  • @Max Thank you, get it: used with a singular noun to indicate that it represents a whole species or class.
    – EXL
    Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 3:54
  • Yes, that sounds right.
    – Em.
    Commented Oct 4, 2016 at 4:04

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