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    #1

    a or the or nothin' ?

    Should I put : a, the or nothing

    ... shaping the phenomenon of _____ ballad ...

    any suggestions ?

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    #2

    Re: a or the or nothin' ?

    I'd use 'the'.


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    #3

    Re: a or the or nothin' ?

    CONTEXT PLEASE. too hard to tell from just a fragment.

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    Re: a or the or nothin' ?

    You must have an article of some sort.

    If the identity of the ballad is known -- for example, if it was mentioned previously -- use the definite article "the". Otherwise, use the indefinite article "a".

    For example:

    A: "I can see a cat over there."
    B: "What is the cat doing?"

    When A speaks, the identity of the cat is unknown. When B speaks, he says "the cat" because he is talking about the cat that A can see. From now on, both A and B will talk about "the cat" for the rest of the conversation.

    "Have you ever met the Queen of England?"

    There is only one Queen of England, so we use "the" --her identity is well known to us all.

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    #5

    Re: a or the or nothin' ?

    From what was given, my default interpretation with 'the ballad' as a genre.

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