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    article+ members of the family

    Could you please explain or give a link to a general rule of article usage with members of the family . Here are 2 examples :


    At 8 o'clock father puts on his coat and goes to work .

    The mother asks the boy to help her .

    Whats the difference ? Why do we use article in the second sentence and dont use in the first ?

    Thank you

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    Re: article+ members of the family

    Quote Originally Posted by astaf View Post
    Could you please explain or give a link to a general rule of article usage with members of the family . Here are 2 examples :


    At 8 o'clock father puts on his coat and goes to work . The writer is talking about his/her father.
    The writer could have said 'At 8 o'clock my father puts......'

    The mother asks the boy to help her. It's not the writer's mother; it may or not be the boy's mother.
    It's an unidentified but specific mother that the writer is talking about.
    Thank you
    Does that help some?

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    Re: article+ members of the family

    It sheds some light on the matter. Thanks a lot.

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