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    a first_noun or a second_noun vs a first_noun or second noun

    Hi,

    I was looking up the word valet and below are the excerpts from the Merriam Webster dictionary,
    1. an employee (as of a hotel or a public facility) who performs personal services for customers
    2. a device (as
    a rack or tray) for holding clothing or personal effects

    Why in the first underscored part there are articles before both of the nouns, whereas the second underscored part contains only one article before the first noun?

    Thanks, Alex.

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    Re: a first_noun or a second_noun vs a first_noun or second noun

    The article is optional before the second noun.

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    Re: a first_noun or a second_noun vs a first_noun or second noun

    To clarify, the article is optional before the second noun in both examples. In the first, they chose to use the article. In the second, they didn't.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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