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    General words (definite and indefinite)

    What's the differences between general words (definite and indefinite) ?

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    Re: General words (definite and indefinite)

    Quote Originally Posted by JustAlilBit View Post
    What's the differences between general words (definite and indefinite) ?
    I have no idea. Where did you find these terms?

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    Re: General words (definite and indefinite)

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    What's the differences between general words (definite and indefinite) ?
    I'm afraid I don't understand your question. Do you want to know the difference between the words "definite" and "indefinite"?

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    Re: General words (definite and indefinite)

    It's hard to express what I'm trying to say.

    without the definite article with the definite article
    Life is too short.
    I like flowers.
    I've read a book on the life of Bill Clinton.
    I like the flowers in your garden.

    What's the difference between them?
    Why in this sentence "Life is too short" wasn't used an article?

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    Re: General words (definite and indefinite)

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    Why in this sentence "Life is too short" wasn't used an article used?
    Precisely because it is not a 'definite' (defined) life. It's not 'the life of a poet' or 'the life of Bill Clinton', it's 'life' in general

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    Re: General words (definite and indefinite)

    I like flowers.
    Which flowers do you like?
    All flowers, not a specific type of flower.
    Do you really like all flowers?
    Yes, but I particularly like the flowers in your garden.

    In the above dialogue, at the beginning the speaker is not talking a specific type of flower or about a specific flower but later in the dialogue, he/she wants to narrow it down to specific flowers, namely "the flowers in your garden".

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    Re: General words (definite and indefinite)

    Did I get it right? I can use the definite article inicially in the sentences if I discribe a problem more widely.

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    Re: General words (definite and indefinite)

    You use the definite article if you describe it SPECIFICALLY.

    Try to write a few sentences with and without "the" for
    1) Chocolate
    2) Flavor
    3) Elephants
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: General words (definite and indefinite)

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    You use the definite article if you describe it SPECIFICALLY.

    Try to write a few sentences with and without "the" for
    1) Chocolate
    2) Flavor
    3) Elephants
    I dumped a chocolate bar through a window, because the chocolate wasn't delicious enough.
    The flavor you smell is your didn't wash sock smell.
    The elephants live in Chicago Illinois, because there is plantations of weed.

    It's just the examples. It was hard to imagine the sentences, because in my native language (Lithuanian) we don't have articles.
    Is these sentences possible?

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    Re: General words (definite and indefinite)

    Your first one is okay, but you didn't use it without an article.
    General: Chocolate is one of my favorite things in life.
    Specific: The chocolate made by Hershey is okay, but not as good as the chocolate made by Godiva.

    General: It's important you make food with good flavor.
    Specific: I don't like the flavor of anise. (You don't smell a flavor; you taste it.)

    General: Elephants are my favorite animal.
    Specific: The elephants in the Philadelphia Zoo were sent to Tennessee because their enclosure was too small and the deserved room to wander freely.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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