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    njanja is offline Junior Member
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    Which article is more appropriate in these sentences?

    I like the American accent.
    I like an American accent.
    I told them i would take a number 84 bus.
    I told them i would take the number 84 bus.
    ..........................take bus number 84
    ..........................take the bus number 84
    ..........................take a bus number 84


    She walked into a boutique and asked how much the dress was.
    She walked into a boutique and asked how much a dress was.

    They were sitting in a restaurant and a waiter....
    They were sitting in a restaruant and the waiter...

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    Default Re: "the" and "a"

    1 The normal one would be 'the American accent', but as there are many, 'a' could be used.
    2 You could use both for the bus, though 'the 84' would be more common.
    3 Most likely 'the'- a specific dress.
    4 Most likely 'the waiter' as mentioning the restauran makes it specific, but if there are many waiters 'a' could be used.

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