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I am not a native speaker of English. I wonder whether using "it" to talk about something in a general tone is weird. In the example down below I use "it" to talk about "a tiger", not any specific tiger. I don't know if it is correct or not. Maybe it is grammatically correct but sounds weird.

For example:

Kid: What is a tiger?

Me: A tiger is a large animal that feeds by hunting other animals. It is ferocious and smart..........

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Yes, it can be used like this:

Me: A tiger is a large animal that feeds by hunting other animals. It [the tiger] is ferocious and smart.......

Because animals are often referred to as it.

Animals can also be he or she in specific contexts.

That [female] tiger is ferocious. She doesn't seem to like the other tigers.

That [male] tiger is ferocious. He doesn't seem to like the other tigers.

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That is correct, but if you're talking about tigers in general, it would likely sound better to use "they are ferocious and smart...".

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    When you are talking about some group of things in general, it is acceptable and fairly common to single out a non-specific individual (which could be any member of the group) and discuss that member (any member) as a representative of the group (all members). Exactly like in the question: "A tiger is a large animal that feeds by hunting other animals. It is ferocious and smart."
    – Lorel C.
    Oct 22, 2019 at 15:04
  • I identified it as correct. The asker said it sounded off, so I suggested an alternative.
    – JRodge01
    Oct 22, 2019 at 15:11
  • The OP has used the articles super correctly, actually.
    – Lambie
    Oct 22, 2019 at 15:49
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Here what a tiger is is being described.

What is a tiger?

A tiger is a large animal that feeds by hunting other animals. It is ferocious and smart.

A tiger refers to tigers in general but not about a single tiger.?It refers to tiger. we use it for an animal when we are not particular about its gender.since it is a tiger. we may use he for a tiger and she for a tigress though.

A tiger is a large animal.It is ferocious.

The above sentences mean:

Tigers are large animals. They are ferocious.

I think the above question and the definition are correct.There is nothing weird about the use of it or a tiger

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