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    Hello.

    I have encountered a sentence 'Where is the bus station' ?
    Can I put the indefinite article instead of definite one?
    If I can't, why not? (the context remains the same).

    Thanks, Alex.

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    Default Re: a/the bus station

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hello.

    I have encountered a sentence 'Where is the bus station'
    Can I put the indefinite article instead of definite one?
    If I can't, why not? (the context remains the same).

    Thanks, Alex.
    If you know that there is a bus station in the town, "Where is the bus station?" is the correct way to ask. If you don't know whether there is a bus station or not, you should ask "Is there a bus station?"

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    Default Re: a/the bus station

    Ok. Assuming that I know there is a bus station in the town but I have never been there, what the definite article in the question would mean?

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    Default Re: a/the bus station

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Ok. Assuming that I know there is a bus station in the town but I have never been there, what would the definite article in the question would mean?
    It would mean that you assume that there is only one bus station.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Ok. Assuming that I know there is a bus station in the town but I have never been there, what the definite article in the question would mean?
    That's an odd question. What, in your opinion, does the definite article usually mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    That's an odd question. What, in your opinion, does the definite article usually mean?
    A much better response than mine.

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    Default Re: a/the bus station

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It would mean that you assume that there is only one bus station.
    No. I am sorry if I expressed my thoughts not clear enough. I mean that I know that there are buses in the town but I don't know anywhere where they stop. If I asked 'Where is a bus station', to me. that would mean that I wish to know any of the bus stops around here. Otherwise, If I replaced a with the I would ask about some particular bus stop, wouldn't I? May be the refers to the nearest bus stop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    No. I am sorry if I expressed my thoughts not clear enough. I mean that I know that there are buses in the town but I don't know anywhere where they stop. If I asked 'Where is a bus station', to me. that would mean that I wish to know any of the bus stops iaround here. Otherwise, If I replaced a with the I would ask about some particular bus stop, wouldn't I?
    A bus stop is not the same as a bus station. A sensible question, if you are looking for a bus stop, would be: "Is there a bus stop near here?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    A much better response than mine.
    I appreciate both equally

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    Default Re: a/the bus station

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    A bus stop is not the same as a bus station. A sensible question, if you are looking for a bus stop, would be: "Is there a bus stop near here?"
    Really... I am so sorry I confused these two. It was a surprise to me!
    I have to google this thoroughly.

    Thank you!

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