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      • Native Language:
      • Armenian
      • Home Country:
      • Iran
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
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    #1

    a certain

    Can one say:
    1-I could not find a book in the library. The librarian found it for me.
    instead of:
    2-I could not find a certain book in the library. The librarian found it for me.


    Can one say:
    3-I did not know where an employee of my office lived. I called his colleague and he told me.

    instead of:
    4-I did not know where a certain employee of my office lived. I called his colleague and he told me.


    Can one say:
    5-I did not know where a man lived. I looked him up in the phone book.

    instead of:
    6-I did not know where a certain man lived. I looked him up in the phone book.


    Gratefully,
    Navi.

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      • English
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      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,514
    #2

    Re: a certain

    You can, but I don't advise it.

    2, 4 and 6 are the best answers.

    Rover

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