How would you justify the use of the second indefinite article in the following sentence?
1a) A figure in a uniform appeared in the mist.
b) A man in a uniform appeared in the mist.
a = indifinite because the figure itself (or the man himself) is not defined, is unknown.
a = indefinite because... ?? Does this use of "a" have a paticular name in syntax?
the = definite because we are talking about a specific type of weather (?)
2) The woman in a blue dress was standing behind the door.
3) The woman, a physician, was standing behind the door.
Are the 3 indefinite articles "a" the same in all 3 sentences?
Last edited by hela; 12-May-2006 at 16:44.
I noticed that sometimes you could use the phrase without any article
a man in uniform
and in case you want to specify that there is a lot of types of uniforms, you use "a"