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When it comes to bear, Dr. Reab is more knowledgeable than anyone in this university

When it comes to bears, Dr. Reab is more knowledgeable than anyone in this university

Are these two sentences have exact same meaning and nuance, even no slight difference? Are these two grammatically sound?

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  • “come/bring to bear” is an idiomatic phrase. I have never seen bears used in this way. But I am not sure your example uses it correctly. What is the source?
    – user3169
    Sep 10, 2018 at 5:41
  • Are you talking about the animals? PLEASE tell us.
    – Lambie
    Sep 14, 2021 at 15:38

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When it comes to bear, Dr. Reab is more knowledgeable than anyone in this university

I may prefer an indefinite article before bear. That would make it generalized.

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When it comes to bears, Dr. Reab is more knowledgeable than anyone in this university

looks better to me because when you generalized things, you put a zero article. If you put a definite article for that plural word, it would make it specific bears of a particular sanctuary or a specific group of bears mentioned earlier in the context.

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  • So if you have to choose from between "to bears" and "to a bear", which one do you think sounds better?
    – MAT
    Sep 10, 2018 at 4:24
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    Of course bears. Because, I want to talk about bears in general. Put zero article to talk about plural and uncountable nouns or when talking about things in general.
    – Maulik V
    Sep 10, 2018 at 4:26

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