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    THE article for generalization

    The article THE can generalize things, right?

    The rose is a flower I like. = Roses are flowers I like

    The rose encompasses all the roses in the world. However, in a test I came across

    ___ nickel is a ten-cent coin. (the rigth answer is - A)

    I wonder, is THE not acceptable?

    A nickel is a ten-cent coin. = any nickel is a ten-cent coin.

    Any means All thus

    The nickel is a ten-cent coin.

    It's seems to me like A and THE are possible, right? What do you think about it?

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    Re: THE article for generalization

    I agree with you that both "a" and "the" are possible and natural.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: THE article for generalization

    It could be either one. A nickle is a five cent coin. A dime is a ten cent coin.

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    Re: THE article for generalization

    Quote Originally Posted by Gillnetter View Post
    It could be either one. A nickle is a five cent coin. A dime is a ten cent coin.
    Wow, is it really spelt "nickle"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: THE article for generalization

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Wow, is it really spelt "nickle"?
    It can be spelled either way (nickle or nickel). Nickle is usually used when referring to the coin and nickel is used when referring to the metal, nickle. Most writers will use "nickel", but "nickle" is in common usage.

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    Re: THE article for generalization

    Well, that's my thing for today learnt!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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