I'm doing a gap-fill exercise which is meant to test students' knowledge of articles. The task requires writing only one word. However (with my recently gained knowledge), I managed to come up with three different alternatives. I'd be grateful if someone could have a look at them and tell me if I should get rid of the book.
__ accountant is responsible for ____ company's finances.
an accountant, a company's - to talk about any accountant in any company. Such a sentence could be seen as generalisation.
an accountant, the company - to talk about any accountant in a definite company
the accountant, the company - to talk about a definite accountant in a definite company.
Thank you in advance.
This is an example the sloppy sort of gap-fill exercises that are presented too often to learners. The person who wrote the question had in mind a basic definition of an accountant: An accountant is responsible for a company's finances, and didn't think of the other possibilities.
The really annoying thing is that your alternative answers would probably be rejected as incorrect by such people.
And if I rewrite the first and second ones (for the sake of practising the articles) using the preposition 'of', should they look like this:
An accountant is a person who is responisble for __ money of a company.
An accountant is a person who is responsible for the money of the company.