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    Im lerning english. Im in doubt with articles use. specifically in an exercise from my book "top notch 1a" page w44.

    in a restaurant

    customer: do you have a breakfast special?
    waitress: yes, we do. we have an/the English breakfast special and a/the continental special on the menu.
    costumer: what does the continental special come with?

    whats the correct answer? "a" non specific? or "the" specific?

    thanks!!

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    Re: articles

    Quote Originally Posted by bajarpro View Post
    I'm learning English. I'm in doubt with articles use, specifically in an exercise from my book "Top Notch 1a" page w44.

    In a restaurant

    Customer: Do you have a breakfast special?
    Waitress: Yes, we do. we have an/the English breakfast special and a/the continental special on the menu.
    Customer: what does the continental special come with?

    What's the correct answer? "a" non specific? or "the" specific?

    Thanks!!
    Both are possible.

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    Re: articles

    Thank you very much!
    But I dont understand why.

    These are the uses I learn:

    - "a" is for non specific.
    - "the" specific or previously mentioned.

    Im sorry for the mistakes.
    Last edited by bajarpro; 19-Oct-2011 at 18:26. Reason: They ask me

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    Re: articles

    That's better.

    Your understanding of the rules concerning articles is fine in most cases.

    Servers in cafs and restaurants, however, seem to have a knack for using a language of their own.

    'That's three toasts and four bacons'. 'Who's having the prawn? Are you the crab cakes, sir?'

    Rover
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 19-Oct-2011 at 18:44.

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    Re: articles

    Thank you for your answer. But the correct use is "the" because its specific?
    Servers use "a" or "an" is not gramatically correct? but it is correct in the context?

    Im sorry if I bother.

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    Re: articles

    Both are correct and, in this particular context, there is not really a difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    Both are correct and, in this particular context, there is not really a difference.
    Thank you!

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