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    correct use of a and when to use the

    The black cat .
    The cat is black
    A black cat.

    would i use the black cat if a cat belong to someone .
    and if the cat does not belong to someone use a black cat.

    what is the correct name for the letters a and the.

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    Re: correct use of a and when to use the

    Quote Originally Posted by hansolo View Post
    The black cat .
    The cat is black
    A black cat.

    would i use the black cat if a cat belong to someone .
    and if the cat does not belong to someone use a black cat.

    what is the correct name for the letters a and the.
    The term for "a" and "the" is articles, "a" is the indefinite article and "the" is the definite article. We use the indefinite article to talk about things in general; "I saw a black cat this morning"; "My friend has a black cat". We use the definite article to talk about specific things; "I saw the black cat that lives next door"; "My friend has two cats, one black and one white, I prefer the black one".

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    Re: correct use of a and when to use the

    mm im still confused, thanks for the reply

    The sentences below are from a website, which is refering to the definite article. Its mentions the is used when something has been mentioned, so is A used when the cat as an example is not mentioned .

    link is below
    English Grammar and Writing : English language courses, English Grammar Online

    As an example should i write. The indefinite article is followed by the definite article

    I went to a car, but the car was gone .

    The paragraph below i have note wrote, but is this correct below .
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    'The'is used:
    1. to refer to something which has already been mentioned.
    Example: An elephant and a mouse fell in love.The mouselovedthe elephant'slong trunk,andthe elephantlovedthe mouse'stiny nose.
    2. when both the speaker and listener know what is being talked about, even if it has not been mentioned before.
    Example: 'Where's the bathroom?'
    'It's on the first floor.'
    Last edited by hansolo; 04-Sep-2009 at 12:23.

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    Re: correct use of a and when to use the

    Hello Hansolo,

    You use the definite article to talk about something that you and the other people know.

    When you talk about the bathroom, you and the owner know about what you are taking and naturally you use the definie article 'The'.

    When you write or speak about one thing, the first time you use the indefinite article 'a or an', and the second time you use the definite article 'the ' because now you know what it is the subject.

    Have a nice day.

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    Re: correct use of a and when to use the

    thanks alot. nice 1

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