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    Scenario:

    Someone calls me and told me I have an interview. *Now I'm am at the store, do I say:

    1. I am here for an interview.
    2. I am here for the interview.
    I don't get which one to use? What do they mean? I know 'the' means specific' and 'an' means 'any' but I don't know how to use it.

    *About the sentence above, which one do I use? How do I know which one to use? Are these correct?
    3. Now I'm am at the store, do I say:
    4. Now I'm am at an store, do I say:

    Also, are these synonymous?
    5. How do I know which one to use?
    6. How do I know which one do I use?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jack
    Scenario:

    Someone calls me and told me I have an interview. *Now I'm am at the store, do I say:

    1. I am here for an interview.
    2. I am here for the interview.
    I don't get which one to use? What do they mean? I know 'the' means specific' and 'an' means 'any' but I don't know how to use it.
    "I'm here for an interview" is fine.
    "I'm here for the interview" works if you know that the person you are speaking to knows about the appointment, and knows who you are.
    "Hello Mr. Smith. I'm Jack. I'm here for the interview."

    *About the sentence above, which one do I use? How do I know which one to use? Are these correct?
    3. Now I'm am at the store, do I say:
    4. Now I'm am at an store, do I say:
    3 is fine. 4 is quite wrong. You should use 'the' because there is only one store in the situation (the store where you will have the interview), and we can infer that from your first sentence.
    But even if you were going to use an indefinite article with 'store' in another context, it would be 'a', not 'an'.

    Also, are these synonymous?
    5. How do I know which one to use?
    6. How do I know which one do I use?
    5 is correct. 6 is grammatically incorrect. "Which one do I use" is colloquial, and with "How do I know", it sounds like too many "do I's" for such a short sentence!

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    Thanks.

    What do these mean?
    1. Can you sing for a moment.
    2. Can you sing for the moment.

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    Can someone help me with the post above? Thanks.

    What do these mean?
    1. My baby usually sleeps in the afternoons. (Why do I need 'the' here?)
    2. My baby usually sleeps in afternoons.
    3. My baby usually sleeps in an afternoon.

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