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    sentence transformation 2

    Dear teachers,

    Please tell me why should we change the indifinite article into a definite one, if that is necessary:

    I felt that it had been a mistake to write a letter. =
    a) I regretted ever having written the / that letter.
    b) I regretted ever having written A letter.

    Thanks again,
    Hela

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    Re: sentence transformation 2

    Does the first line introduce a) and b)?

    I felt that it had been a mistake to write a letter (as opposed to calling or speaking to X in person).

    a) I regretted ever having written the / that letter. (a previously mentioned letter)
    b) I regretted ever having written a letter. (as opposed to calling or speaking to X in person)

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    Re: sentence transformation 2

    So you think that b) is closer in meaning to the original sentence than a) ?

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    Re: sentence transformation 2

    Quote Originally Posted by hela
    So you think that b) is closer in meaning to the original sentence than a) ?
    I couldn't say without context, Hela. Moreover, what exactly is the question? Is the first line equated to a) and b) or does it introduce a) and b). Please be more specific.

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    Re: sentence transformation 2

    I have to transform :

    “I felt that it had been a mistake to write a letter.” Into another sentence starting with:
    “I regretted ever…” and this last sentence should mean exactly the same as “I felt that it had been a mistake to write a letter.”


    So which one would be the exact equivalent: a) or b) ?


    a) I regretted ever having written the / that letter.
    b) I regretted ever having written A letter.



    Thank you very much.

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