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    Default a / the - bedroom, kitchen...

    There are five rooms in our house. We have a living room, two children's rooms, a bedroom, an office, and of course, there is the kitchen, the bathroom and the toilet.

    I don't understand why once the speaker uses the indefinite and the other time the definite article... What is the reason? Is it the fact that a (the?) kitchen, toilet etc. are unique and in every house?

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    Default Re: a / the - bedroom, kitchen...

    I'm thinking that you would only say "a" bedroom if you have more than one bedroom in the house. If you were being more specific, you might say "the master bedroom" or "the spare bedroom." If my house had an office, I would refer to it as the office, since most likely there would only be one.

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    Default Re: a / the - bedroom, kitchen...

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    I'm thinking that you would only say "a" bedroom if you have more than one bedroom in the house. If you were being more specific, you might say "the master bedroom" or "the spare bedroom." If my house had an office, I would refer to it as the office, since most likely there would only be one.
    Do you mean that the sentence I wrote in my question is incorrect?

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    Default Re: a / the - bedroom, kitchen...

    We use the definite article with rooms which are normally singular, like the kitchen. As many houses have more than one bedroom, the indefinite sounds better even though there is only one here named as a bedroom, though I assume that the children's rooms are also bedrooms.

    'Office' is a trickier one to explain, as most houses that have one only have one, but I think that the indefinite is being used here because offices are not a standard feature of a house.

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