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    Default A and an are the indefinite articles. Can I omit it?

    A and an are the indefinite articles. They refer to something not specifically known to the person you are communicating with.
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    Why the author use the article "the" here?
    Can I omit it?

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    Default Re: A and an are the indefinite articles. Can I omit it?

    Quote Originally Posted by anhnha View Post
    A and an are the indefinite articles. They refer to something not specifically known to the person you are communicating with.
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    Why the author use the article "the" here?
    Can I replace it by "a"?
    The author used it because "a" and "an" are the only indefinite articles. No, you can't replace it with "a". You could, however, omit it.

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    Default Re: A and an are the indefinite articles. Can I omit it?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The author used it because "a" and "an" are the only indefinite articles. No, you can't replace it with "a". You could, however, omit it.
    Thanks!
    I see it now.
    No, you can't replace it with "a". You could, however, omit it.
    Sorry, it is a mistake. I intended to ask about omitting "the".

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    Default Re: A and an are the indefinite articles. Can I omit it?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    The author used it because "a" and "an" are the only indefinite articles. No, you can't replace it with "a". You could, however, omit it.
    Yes, but omitting "the" changes the meaning. It's still true that 'a' and 'an' are indefinite articles, but that doesn't mean they're the only indefinite articles, as "... are the indefinite articles" does.

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    Default Re: A and an are the indefinite articles. Can I omit it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Yes, but omitting "the" changes the meaning. It's still true that 'a' and 'an' are indefinite articles, but that doesn't mean they're the only indefinite articles, as "... are the indefinite articles" does.
    Yes, I agree.

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