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    indefinite article before a person's name

    Hi,

    I came across the following sentence in one of the Harry Potter books:

    "She wrestled a screaming Dudley into his high chair."

    Dudley is a boy's name

    Why is the indefinite article used before the name? What does it signify?

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    Re: indefinite article before a person's name

    It's just what English speakers do. When a person's name comes with an adjective, it often gets the indefinite article. Try this -- you will find some interesting posts there.

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    Re: indefinite article before a person's name

    Also, it's not necessarily the indefinite article. If Dudley had already between described as "screaming", the sentence would read:
    "She wrestled
    the screaming Dudley in to his high chair."
    That is, the normal rules apply.
    Last edited by Raymott; 13-Jun-2012 at 05:15.

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