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    a light vs light

    Thit line is from the 'le petit prince' and it says,
    " I was very surprised to see a light break over the face of my young judge ."

    Here, I'm guessing that light is considered a countable noun because it is a specific light ray on his face,
    but if it is, shouldn't it be 'the' instead of 'a'?

    Could someone clarify this?
    Thank you in advance!

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    Re: a light vs light

    Quote Originally Posted by translatorjam View Post
    Thit line is from the 'le petit prince' and it says,
    " I was very surprised to see a light break over the face of my young judge ."

    Here, I'm guessing that light is considered a countable noun because it is a specific light ray on his face,
    but if it is, shouldn't it be 'the' instead of 'a'?

    Could someone clarify this?
    Thank you in advance!
    It's OK as it is.

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    Re: a light vs light

    Could you please explain why it is okay to use 'a'?
    As a non- native speaker, it is very hard to know when to use 'a' and 'the'... thank you.

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    #4

    Re: a light vs light

    I don't think this has anything to do with countability.

    Since the passage concerns a trial, I will try this.

    If you said the light broke, it would mean that the judge had suddenly seen enough to make up his or her mind. But if you said a light broke, it would merely mean that the judge had understood something favourable to your cause.

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    Re: a light vs light

    Thank you

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