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    article the/a

    when i speak of teacher of English in general should i use the or a article? Thank you
    p.s.:need it for my thesis

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    Re: article the/a

    Quote Originally Posted by Meiram View Post
    WhenII speak of teacher of English in general should I use the or a article? Thank you.
    p.s.I need it for my thesis.
    Please use correct capitalisation and punctuation in your posts.

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    Re: article the/a

    Quote Originally Posted by Meiram View Post
    when i speak of teacher of English in general should i use the or a article? Thank you
    p.s.:need it for my thesis
    If you are speaking in general, it should be a teacher of English or an English teacher.

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    Re: article the/a

    It depends on what context you mean for "in general". Here are some general sentences using "the".
    "The teacher should correct all mistakes." This could mean "[All] Teachers should correct all mistakes".
    "It should be illegal to breed the pit bull terrier". This is not talking about a specific dog.

    Simply, perhaps you need "the".

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    Re: article the/a

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It depends on what context you mean for "in general". Here are some general sentences using "the".
    "The teacher should correct all mistakes." This could mean "[All] Teachers should correct all mistakes".
    "It should be illegal to breed the pit bull terrier". This is not talking about a specific dog.

    Simply, perhaps you need "the".
    I would use the indefinite article in both those cases.

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    Re: article the/a

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    I would use the indefinite article in both those cases.
    How about "The pit bull terrier should be outlawed"? This means the pit bull in general (not "a pit bull in general", and not a certain pit bull).

    Anyhow, regardless of pit bulls, I was pointing out that the following is a simplistic rule and likely to be wrong in many cases: "If you're speaking in general, use 'a', not 'the'." It's just not realistic. More context is needed to give a useful answer - for example, at least the sentence that the OP wants to use, and the context in which he wants to use it.

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    Re: article the/a

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    How about "The pit bull terrier should be outlawed"? This means the pit bull in general (not "a pit bull in general", and not a certain pit bull).

    Anyhow, regardless of pit bulls, I was pointing out that the following is a simplistic rule and likely to be wrong in many cases: "If you're speaking in general, use 'a', not 'the'." It's just not realistic. More context is needed to give a useful answer - for example, at least the sentence that the OP wants to use, and the context in which he wants to use it.
    I understand the use of the xxx as a reference to the archetypal something. But context is important in those uses. I agree with your quoted rule, but, without context, the indefinite article is the general rule.

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