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    The base of a crucifix

    One more question on the articles. In this sentence "HE throws himself to the base of a big crucifix" (the crucifix is mentioned for the first time), should I say "a base of a crucifix" or "the base of a crucifix" or "base of a crucifix". In Russian we do not have any articles, so for me it is quite a problem to understand

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    Re: The base of a crucifix

    '...to the base of a crucifix.'

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    Re: The base of a crucifix

    I would say "to the foot of the crucifix"

    We're more interested in WHERE - the position - and "the foot" reads better here.

    "The base" would be more suitable in a technical context - e.g. "The base of the crucifix is made of oak" etc

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