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I am wondering which article one should use in this kind of sentences. For example:
1. She moved to London, where she lived the life of an artist. (or should be "a life?")
2. She moved to Monaco, where she lived the life of luxury (of should I use "a"?)
3. In the recent years, life in London has become expensive.
4. The short story describes the ordinary life of an ordinary man
5. They say that cultural life in Paris is still exciting.
6. He expected to find a life of happiness, but instead he found a life of misery.
7.She enjoyed a good life in her last years.
Thank you again for helping me with this question.
In the examples above, I think that the sentence number 1 should be the life of an artist, although I have to admit that I am not sure. In the sentence 2. the life of luxury sounds grammatically correct, I think so. And 3. Probably I should write, the life in London?
In #2, we always say "a life of luxury".
In #3, "life in London" is fine because it's just a generic statement about life. Your error was putting "In the recent years". We simply say "In recent years".
Thank you again, emsr
My main problem with the articles is that in my mother tongue, which is Serbo-Croatian, now called Bosnian, we do not have the articles. Instead we have seven different cases. I have lived in Sweden for years and they have the articles, but their rules are mostly different from English. So whenever I write a noun I start to doubt and sometimes even to panic, because I am not sure if it is correct. Probably I would need many years until I learn to use them properly.
I'm certain that in the end they will become second nature to you, but as a learner it's just a case of spotting usage and remembering it.