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I've just taken a CAE test in which you're supposed to rephrase sentences using a given word. The sentence to rephrase was this:
And the word you're to used in the rephrased statement is:Code:We went to that restaurant because a friend recommended it.
I changed the sentence as follows:
The test key says that there has got to be a definite article instead of the definite I used. However, I don't see anything wrong with using a as there is no previous mention of the recommendation, so it's a new information and therefore a should be used.Code:We went to that restaurant on A recommendation of a friend.
My question is, is the definite article necessary (if so, why?) or is the indefinite one also possible, or perhaps both are correct?
Can anybody think of a sentence where there would be used "on A recommendation of a friend"? So that I can see the difference more clearly.
1: What do you expect from a recommendation of a friend?
2: I expect any recommendation to fit my personality.
1: As it turns out, the reserved room is too small to fit our party.
2: You should have asked an expert, and not believed a recommendation of a friend.
Last edited by BobSmith; 26-Jan-2012 at 19:59.
I don't have a problem with "on a recommendation from a friend".
BobK has written that the friend only made one recommendation, but we don't now that. He could have suggested three good restaurants. Obviously only one of those recommendations could be followed at any one time.
And re Ray's point, which I've just seen:
Exactly. My wording was bad, but each of such multiple recommendations from a single friend was specific: The first, the second.... the Nth....He could have suggested three good restaurants. Obviously only one of those recommendations could be followed at any one time.