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    Why was "a car" used here instead of "the car"? Is the writer a non-native speaker? The car must be a specific one to have "the", I guess.

    ex)The police are looking for a car whose driver jumped out just before the accident.

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    Default Re: are looking for a car

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Why was "a car" used here instead of "the car"? Is the writer a non-native speaker? The car must be a specific one to have "the", I guess.

    ex)The police are looking for a car whose driver jumped out just before the accident.
    It's an odd sentence. If the driver jumped out surely he/she left the car behind. It would be more logical if the police were looking for the driver.

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    Default Re: are looking for a car

    Okay, what about a or the?

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    Default Re: are looking for a car

    Quote Originally Posted by keannu View Post
    Okay, what about a or the?
    I think it's simply typical crime reporting. Police have to be very careful what they say to the media; and the media have to be careful not to prejudice police work or potential court cases. So a cop might say, "I can confirm that we are looking for a car." And that's what they print.

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    Default Re: are looking for a car

    To me, this is one of those sentences where it simply doesn't matter which article is used.

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