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    has "a" nice smile - indefinite article question

    Hello:

    I was asked why we use "a" when saying, for example, "That person has a nice smile" instead of "That person has nice smile."

    I looked up the rules for using the indefinite article "a" and thought the rule of using it to introduce new people or things might apply (but using "the" afterwards wouldn't apply in this case).

    What's your opinion?

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    Re: has "a" nice smile - indefinite article question

    Quote Originally Posted by always learning View Post
    Hello:

    I was asked why we use "a" when saying, for example, "That person has a nice smile" instead of "That person has nice smile."

    I looked up the rules for using the indefinite article "a" and thought the rule of using it to introduce new people or things might apply (but using "the" afterwards wouldn't apply in this case).

    What's your opinion?

    ***** A NON-TEACHER'S COMMENT *****


    Tom: Sue always has such a nice smile on her face.


    Martha: Yes, she does.


    Ralph: Believe me, the/that smile that you see on her face means

    nothing. She is really a very angry and unhappy person.

    Her smile is just an act.


    Respectfully yours,


    James

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