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Apple, here I found an old answer from Rachel I completely agree with.

The point is that "food" is usually a noncount noun (used in the singular) while "animal" is a count noun which can be used either in the singular or in the plural. Since "dogs" is plural, you have to use "animals." If you prefer to use "animal," then you have to use the (less usual) generic "the dog." "a dog" could also be used but the listener will then most likely ask you what breed of dog is your favorite. We thus have:

- My favorite animals are dogs.
- My favorite animal is the dog.
- My favorite animal is a dog / Which one? / The Golden Retriever.

Last edited by Gustavo, Co-Moderator

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