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    Preposition: a or the?

    Sentence: There should be a/the facility to omit certain numbers from the Do Not Call service/registry.


    Question: Which preposition shall come in the sentence, a or the?


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    Re: Preposition: a or the?

    Quote Originally Posted by razer View Post
    Sentence: There should be a/the facility to omit certain numbers from the Do Not Call service/registry.

    Question: Which preposition article/determiner shall should come in the sentence, a or the?
    Either is possible.

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    Re: Preposition: a or the?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Either is possible.
    Thanks sir. Thanks for pointing out my mistakes in the question also. It also helps. But if either is possible then tell me which preposition is possible in which case? I'm very confused.

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    Re: Preposition: a or the?

    They are not preposistions, as I noted in my first response. In this particular sentence, there is no practical difference in meaning between having a facility, perhaps one of several, or having the facility specified.

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    Re: Preposition: a or the?

    There should be a facility to omit certain numbers from the Do Not Call service/registry.

    Judging by what they are trying to say, I'd go with "a".

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    Re: Preposition: a or the?

    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    They are not prepositions, as I noted in my first response. In this particular sentence, there is no practical difference in meaning between having a facility, perhaps one of several, or having the facility specified.
    Oops sorry I have been continuously referring to it as preposition. Believe me I know it is an article but because I have another question in mind which is related to preposition and I'm in a bit hurry, I am mistakenly referring to it as preposition. My bad.

    Apropos of my question I think I should go with the article "the" as I'm talking about a particular facility that is to "exclude".

    Thanks

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    Re: Preposition: a or the?

    Quote Originally Posted by razer View Post
    Oops sorry I have been continuously referring to it as preposition. Believe me I know it is an article but because I have another question in mind which is related to preposition and I'm in a bit hurry, I am mistakenly referring to it as preposition. My bad.

    Apropos of my question I think I should go with the article "the" as I'm talking about a particular facility that is to "exclude".

    Thanks
    Context is all.

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    Re: Preposition: a or the?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    There should be a facility to omit certain numbers from the Do Not Call service/registry.

    Judging by what they are trying to say, I'd go with "a".
    Lol! Bennevis just saw your reply after I posted my above reply. Thanks for it. But as you can see in my above post, based on the answer of fivejudjon, I decided to go with the article "the", but after your reply I think I need to reconsider my decision as myself is not 100% sure. :)

    Also think going with the article a would be safe.

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    Re: Preposition: a or the?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    Context is all.
    Sir please do not confuse me first by saying article "a" would be right then by saying "context is all" :) . Please finally tell me according to my sentence which article would be more appropriate?

    Thanks

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    Re: Preposition: a or the?

    If the reader/listener knows which facility the writer/speaker is talking about, then it should be "the".
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