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    slim1111 is offline Newbie
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    Default situation where it doesnt matter whether definite or indefinite article is used?

    Let's say someone is looking at a drawing of mine and criticising
    its styles and properties. And then he goes on to criticize something that is
    irrelevant the art itself, eg) its frame is bad or something like that
    So I want to say not to digress.

    "stick to the art please" as in focus on the picture
    or
    "stick to art please" as in don't talk about something that is not art

    Would both sentences convey the same message? is one more preferable to
    other because of way it sounds? Like for example in korean it would probably
    make more sense to use the second sentence although the first one certainly
    isn't bad in anyway but less direct, or at least thats what my intuition tells me.

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    Tdol is offline Editor, UsingEnglish.com
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    Default Re: situation where it doesnt matter whether definite or indefinite article is used?

    It's a similar message, but the second would allow me to discuss other artists, etc. It depends on whether you want to talk exclusively about that picture or not to me.

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