Results 1 to 8 of 8
  1. #1
    Bennevis's Avatar
    Bennevis is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    1,067

    Need help with articles: URGENT

    I'm translating a book from Russian into English. Here is a line I need help with:

    Gromyko proposed Gorbachev for the post of a new General Secretary, a candidacy endorsed by all subsequent speakers.


    I need you to tell me if my choice of articles is correct here. If it's not, please correct me. Thank you very much.

  2. #2
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    25,698

    Re: Need help with articles: URGENT

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    I'm translating a book from Russian into English. Here is a line I need help with:

    Gromyko proposed Gorbachev for the post of a new General Secretary, a candidacy endorsed by all subsequent speakers.


    I need you to tell me if my choice of articles is correct here. If it's not, please correct me. Thank you very much.
    I would write it like this: Gromyko proposed Gorbachev for the post of General Secretary, a candidacy endorsed by all subsequent speakers.

  3. #3
    Bennevis's Avatar
    Bennevis is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    1,067

    Re: Need help with articles: URGENT

    Dear bhaisahab, I really appreciate your help. I need that "a new General Secretary" part. Can I keep the 'a' or should I use 'the'?

  4. #4
    Bennevis's Avatar
    Bennevis is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    1,067

    Re: Need help with articles: URGENT

    I guess I'm getting it now. Should I write 'proposed Gorbachev's candidacy as a new General Secretary'?

  5. #5
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    25,698

    Re: Need help with articles: URGENT

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    I guess I'm getting it now. Should I write 'proposed Gorbachev's candidacy as a new General Secretary'?
    In that case, use "the".

  6. #6
    Bennevis's Avatar
    Bennevis is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    1,067

    Re: Need help with articles: URGENT

    I appreciate your help, Sir. I just wonder HOW you, native speakers, always manage to establish which article to use! Do you arrive at your conclusions through logic or based on what you've heard/read/seen, or a bit of both?

  7. #7
    bhaisahab's Avatar
    bhaisahab is offline Moderator
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Retired English Teacher
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Ireland
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Posts
    25,698

    Re: Need help with articles: URGENT

    Quote Originally Posted by Bennevis View Post
    I appreciate your help, Sir. I just wonder HOW you, native speakers, always manage to establish which article to use! Do you arrive at your conclusions through logic or based on what you've heard/read/seen, or a bit of both?
    In this case, there is only one General Secretary.

  8. #8
    Bennevis's Avatar
    Bennevis is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • Russian
      • Home Country:
      • Russian Federation
      • Current Location:
      • Russian Federation
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Posts
    1,067

    Re: Need help with articles: URGENT

    Yes, I got it now, Sir! If there were several general secretaries, then, indeed, we'd use 'a'. This is pure logic. Wonderful!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •