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    Arrow a man or the man

    Hi everybody,

    Could you please explain the difference between a man and the man?

    A man's actions (or it is better to change the word to a human being) is diverse.

    thank you

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    Re: a man or the man

    Quote Originally Posted by azkad View Post
    Hi everybody,

    Could you please explain the difference between a man and the man?

    A man's actions (or it is better to change the word to a human being) is diverse.

    thank you

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****


    (1) I think that the rule is something like this:

    Use "a" when you first mention a noun; after the noun has been identified, then

    use "the."

    (a) As you know, "a" = one; "the" = that.

    (i) A man was running down the street. The man was my uncle. (One man was runnning down the street. That man was my uncle.)

    (2) Of course, as in all languages, there are exceptions. For example, you would

    say to a colleague:

    My car broke down this morning, so I took a taxi. The driver was very honest.

    (You do not use "a" (one) because you know that a taxi always has only one

    driver. So, of course, you are referring to "the" (that) driver.)

    (3) Maybe the use of "human being" is too formal. You might want to use

    "person." (Yes, it is better not to use "man," for this might hurt the feelings of the

    ladies.)

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    Re: a man or the man

    Thank you very much.

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    Re: a man or the man

    Quote Originally Posted by azkad View Post
    Hi everybody,

    Could you please explain the difference between a man and the man?

    A man's actions (or it is better to change the word to a human being) is diverse.

    thank you
    Man's actions are diverse.

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