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  1. Newbie
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    Using 'the' to offset particular cases.

    My little son and I were walking down the road. There were two boys biking down in our front. My son said, "another bike is in front of the other one". Of course it was a tongue-twister. What is the most concise way to put it? Certainly, not, One bile is i n front of the other, for that will be too general. Can it be: "The one bike is ahead of the other", using the 'the' for marking off the statement as a particular, observed situation?
    Many thanks.

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    Re: Using 'the' to offset particular cases.

    Quote Originally Posted by Johnslela View Post
    My little son and I were walking down the road. There were two boys biking down in our front. My son said, "another bike is in front of the other one". Of course it was a tongue-twister. What is the most concise way to put it? Certainly, not, One bile is i n front of the other, for that will be too general. Can it be: "The one bike is ahead of the other", using the 'the' for marking off the statement as a particular, observed situation?
    Many thanks.
    "One bike is in front of the other" is fine, as is "One bike is ahead of the other".

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