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    #1

    What do they really mean and are they correct?

    How do these sentences differ in meaning?
    Are they all grammatically OK as colloquial English?

    #1:
    1. Let's go to a Karaoke bar.
    (maybe doesn't matter which one?)
    2. Let's go to the Karaoke bar.
    (maybe a specific place in mind?)
    3. Let's go to Karaoke bar.
    (maybe just in General?)

    #2:
    1. Let's go to a Madonna's concert.
    (maybe any one of many Madonna's concert?)
    2. Let's go to the Madonna's concert.
    (maybe one particular Madonna's concert?)
    3. Let's go to Madonna's concert.
    (maybe simply just want to go to her concert?)

    Any help would be appreciated.

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    #2

    Re: What do they really mean and are they correct?

    1a - A bar - it doesn't matter which one.
    1b - You have one in mind
    1c - Not grammatical

    1a - Let's go to a Madonna concert - not apostrophe s. You don't know which one. This sounds a bit weird. Like you're going to find a city where she is playing and go there.
    1b - Let's go to the Madonna concert - you are referring to one in particular, probably the one that will take place in your city
    1c - Not grammatical


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    Re: What do they really mean and are they correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    1a - A bar - it doesn't matter which one.
    1b - You have one in mind
    1c - Not grammatical
    Let me just add to 1c, "not grammatical; using 'a' already makes it general, Bouji.

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