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    He joined a union when he started to work.

    He joined a union when he started to work. ( Why "a" is used instead of "the"?)

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    Anna
    Last edited by Anna2004; 19-Oct-2013 at 06:03.

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    Re: He joined a union when he started to work.

    Quote Originally Posted by Anna2004 View Post
    He joined a union when he started to work. ( Why "a" is unsed instead of "the"?)

    Thank you,

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    Either could be correct, depending on context.

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    #3

    Re: He joined a union when he started to work.

    There are many unions.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: He joined a union when he started to work.

    All we know at the moment is that he joined one of the many unions available to workers. If he started a job where only one union was open to him, then he not only joined a union, but he joined the union.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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