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    a house

    This is a house Bob built.
    This is the house Bob built.


    The book I have says the first one implies Bob has more than one house whereas the second one implies he has only one house and he built it himself.

    Is it necessarily true? Would you native speakers agree with this interpretation?
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    Re: a house

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    This is a house Bob built.
    This is the house Bob built.

    The book I have says the fist one implies Bod has more than one house whereas the second one implies he has only one house and he built it himself.

    Is it necessary true? Would you native speakers agree with this interpretation?
    I would agree with the interpretation given in your book.

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    Re: a house

    Quote Originally Posted by Taka View Post
    This is a house Bob built.
    This is the house Bob built.


    The book I have says the first one implies Bob has more than one house whereas the second one implies he has only one house and he built it himself.

    Is it necessarily true? Would you native speakers agree with this interpretation?
    Yes. But they both state - not imply - that he built it himself.

    Rover

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    Re: a house

    This is a house Bob built.
    This is the house Bob built.
    Neither of the above suggest that Bob owns the house in question, only that he built it.

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