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    Definite Article

    A sentence from an article:

    "But the entire tenor of his book radiates a belief that adherence to the original understanding of presidential power is normatively appealing."

    Would there be a difference in meaning if one substituted "the" for "a"? I don't think so; I see "a" and "the" as being interchangeable here.

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    Re: Definite Article

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    A sentence from an article:

    "But the entire tenor of his book radiates a belief that adherence to the original understanding of presidential power is normatively appealing."

    Would there be a difference in meaning if one substituted "the" for "a"? I don't think so; I see "a" and "the" as being interchangeable here.

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    I think that if "the" was used it would be suggesting that the book gives out a specific belief that is already recognised: "the belief that adherence......."

    However, this may not be a generally accepted or held belief, it could simply be that of the author, in which case the book would radiate "a belief [on the part of the author]........." It shows that he personally has "a belief" that .....etc etc

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