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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?

This is really confusing! Thank you

  • “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 '18 at 5:41
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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.

However,

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 '18 at 4:24
  • 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 '18 at 4:26

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