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    Question The largest building is the/an old German Cloister. - articles

    Should I write the following sentence with 'the' or 'an':

    The largest building is the/an old German Cloister.

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    Re: The largest building is the/an old German Cloister. - articles

    'Cloister' only needs a capital letter if it begins the sentence, and it's not a building — just part of one: look HERE.

    Change 'cloister' to an actual building and both the and a/an could be correct, depending on the context.

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    Re: The largest building is the/an old German Cloister. - articles

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    'Cloister' only needs a capital letter if it begins the sentence, and it's not a building — just part of one: look HERE.

    Change 'cloister' to an actual building and both the and a/an could be correct, depending on the context.

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    Thank you.

    Well, I'm writing a general description of a place including information about the largest and the most famous buildings. I mention these buildings only once without providing any details.
    Let's consider another example then:

    The most famous building is the/an old basilica.

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    Re: The largest building is the/an old German Cloister. - articles

    In that case, I'd use 'the'.

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    Re: The largest building is the/an old German Cloister. - articles

    Unless you are going to specify which basilica, you could still use either.

    In Rome, the most famous building is an old basilica.
    In Rome, the most famous building is the old basilica.

    The difference is that in statement 1, there might be more than one basilica and the most famous building in Rome is just one of them. In statement 2, there is probably only one basilica.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The largest building is the/an old German Cloister. - articles

    Thank you for your replies :)

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    Re: The largest building is the/an old German Cloister. - articles

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    and it's not a building just part of one: look HERE.
    I respectfully disagree with that. See entry #2 here. In the sort of text the OP says they're writing, I believe that meaning of "cloister" could perfectly apply, thus making the OP's original sentence meaningful.
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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