I was learning about using "a" and "the" today, and was confused about:
What is the word "the" doing in these sentences?
The wolf is a very dangerous animal. The kangaroo comes from Australia.
I think it refers to "wolves in general" or "all wolves"? So the same as:
Wolves are very dangerous animals. Kangaroos come from Australia.
What is the rule here?
Also, a similar thing with "a". e.g.
A man needs friends.
This refers to all men / men in general I think?
When do we use "the" and "a / an" in this way? I've tried searching but i really don't know what keywords to use other than "the" and "a" which didn't help much. Thanks.