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  1. Newbie
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    Smile My question to english teachers

    Good day to all.
    I'm a student and I need your help.
    Please tell me if this question is correct or wrong based on the rules of "articles"
    Did a cat kill a bird?


    I would really appreciate your help. Thank you.


    Milfe

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    Re: My question to english teachers

    Quote Originally Posted by milfe View Post
    Good day to all.
    I'm a student and I need your help.
    Please tell me if this question is correct or wrong based on the rules of "articles"
    Did a cat kill a bird?


    I would really appreciate your help. Thank you.


    Milfe
    The usage of definate article "the" would be preffered...
    Did the cat kill the bird?

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    Re: My question to english teachers

    Check the attachments on the usage of articles..
    I hope they are useful
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Re: English Experts... please help me...

    Thank you so much for the response... but just a follow up question with regards to this clause Did a cat kill a bird? I know that when we use the it's either for non-count or countable noun and using a or an could either mean singular or general in idea... If I base it in familiarity, I would really prefer Did the cat kill the bird -which means I as the speaker and you as the listener both have the same idea of the cat and the bird we're talking about. My point is- I really want to know if my original clause - Did a cat kill a bird is wrong or correct. If either correct or wrong, please help me elaborate the reason... why?

    Please pardon me but I really have to dig deeper into this problem because I have to discuss this to my korean student who is asking me what's wrong in this clause. I tried to research with many grammar books in our school but I couldn't find a detailed and definite answer.

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    Re: English Experts... please help me...

    The sentence which you have mentioned is a question, which implies that the speaker/listner know that some action took place, which involved a cat and a bird.

    Did ... cat kil ... bird?
    It seems you are aware about the incident and know the cat and bird, which makes it specific, thus usage of "the" is appropriate.

    However if you wish to use "a"

    Can a cat kill a bird?

    Over here the usage of "a" is appropriate?

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    Re: My question to english teachers

    thank you so much sir... it's a big help for me. I'll print these files and I can use them sometimes in my class


    God bless you

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    Re: English Experts... please help me...

    wow!... this is it. Thank you so much sir.

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