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    Default a country of freedom

    I think "a" can mean "one of many" while "the" means "unique" or "definite" depending on context, Could you please see if the following is correct?

    1.Canada is a country of freedom. => There can be other countries of freedom.
    2.Canada is the country of freedom. => Canada is the unique country of freedom, there's no other country of freedom.

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    Default Re: a country of freedom

    Your analysis is correct. However, 'the' used in the context of the second sentence can also mean 'the epitome of, or the greatest manifestation of.' For example: 'The New York Yankees are the team this year." Obviously there are many other baseball teams; but the writer means to emphasize that the Yankees are the greatest team at this time.

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    Wink Re: a country of freedom

    Quote Originally Posted by Preceptor View Post
    Your analysis is correct. However, 'the' used in the context of the second sentence can also mean 'the epitome of, or the greatest manifestation of.' For example: 'The New York Yankees are the team this year." Obviously there are many other baseball teams; but the writer means to emphasize that the Yankees are the greatest team at this time.
    Does that mean the greatest country that gives or allows freedom? Then what about the other countries ?
    Need more details.(pls)
    Last edited by sumon.; 14-Dec-2011 at 17:09.

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    Default Re: a country of freedom

    Quote Originally Posted by Preceptor View Post
    Your analysis is correct. However, 'the' used in the context of the second sentence can also mean 'the epitome of, or the greatest manifestation of.' For example: 'The New York Yankees are the team this year." Obviously there are many other baseball teams; but the writer means to emphasize that the Yankees are the greatest team at this time.
    Okay, it can also mean "the best", so depending on the context, it can mean either "unique" or "the best", then can we judge from the writer's point of view?

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