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Man is the only animal that can make use of fire. (0)

I want to replace "man" with other word.

Human beings are the only animal that can make use of fire. (1)

The human race is the only animal that can make use of fire. (2)

Human kind is the only animal that can make use of fire. (3)

Are they grammatically correct? Are their meanings the same as (0)'s?

  • the third one: "Human kind" should be replaced with "The mankind" – sotondolphin Nov 3 '15 at 8:57
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    @sotondolphin I think that he meant 'humankind' which is actually a word. I just searched it up myself. – CipherBot Nov 3 '15 at 9:01
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    @sotondolphin No, most of such words with 'man' are now getting neutral with 'human/person'. Another example: businessperson and not 'man'. – Maulik V Nov 3 '15 at 9:49
  • Better choice if I were to write: "Humans are the only ones who can make use of fire" Why separate 'animals' for this universal truth? – Maulik V Nov 3 '15 at 9:51
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Human beings are the only animal that can make use of fire. (1)

Changing 'animal' to 'animals' would make it a bit tidier as you'd have two plurals. You could also say "Humans are the only animals that can make use of fire."

The human race is the only animal that can make use of fire. (2)

Looks a bit odd, as the human race isn't something you'd normally refer to as an animal, but still understandable.

Human kind is the only animal that can make use of fire. (3)

Humankind is a single word, but otherwise this looks OK.

All of these mean the same as your original sentence, but (1) is the one I would use myself.

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PLEASE NOTE that the statement is false. There are animals other than humans that make use of fire, including some birds.

But anyway:

Human beings is plural, so your first form needs to be

Human beings are the only animals that can make use of fire.

The human race is a poorly defined collective and not an animal, so the second form is probably best as

Of all the animals, only the human race can make use of fire.

and finally in the third form humankind is a single word and plural.

Humankind are the only animals that can make use of fire.

But the statement is false in every case.

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