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    Question Article "a" or "the"?

    Hi everybody!

    Why do we always use an indefinite article "a" before the word lie while necessarily definite article "the" before the word truth?
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    Re: Article "a" or "the"?

    Quote Originally Posted by dawoodusmani View Post
    Hi everybody!

    Why do we always use an indefinite article "a" before the word lie while necessarily definite article "the" before the word truth?
    Thanks a million!
    probably because usually there can be many lies, but only one truth

    However, there can be situations in which you could say 'the lie' and 'a truth', but they're not common.

    Can you think of situations in which you could say 'the lie' and 'a truth'?

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    Question Re: Article "a" or "the"?

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    probably because usually there can be many lies, but only one truth

    However, there can be situations in which you could say 'the lie' and 'a truth', but they're not common.

    Can you think of situations in which you could say 'the lie' and 'a truth'?
    The lie you told me last night hurt me a lot.
    It's a bitter truth that you don't actually want to do that.
    Are these ok?

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    Re: Article "a" or "the"?

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    The lie you told me last night hurt me a lot. very good
    It's a bitter truth that you don't actually want to do that. This is ok.
    It's a truth that's worth remembering.
    2006

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    Question Re: Article "a" or "the"?

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    But isn't "truth" an uncountable noun?

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    Re: Article "a" or "the"?

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    But isn't "truth" an uncountable noun?
    No, it can be counted, but it is not common to count truths.

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    Re: Article "a" or "the"?

    It's used in the plural in home truths.

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