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    #1

    go to the beautiful sea

    Hello.

    I have a question again as to the usage of articles.
    Please look at the sentences below.

    1. I want to go to the beautiful sea.
    2. I want to go to a beautiful sea.

    I don't have the name of a 'specific sea' in mind. Any sea that is beautiful is where I want to go.

    Which should I choose, #1 or #2?
    (I suppose #2 is not natural English.)

    Thank you.

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    Re: go to the beautiful sea

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    Hello.

    I have a question again as to the usage of articles.
    Please look at the sentences below.

    1. I want to go to the beautiful sea.
    2. I want to go to a beautiful sea.

    I don't have the name of a 'specific sea' in mind. Any sea that is beautiful is where I want to go.

    Which should I choose, #1 or #2?
    (I suppose #2 is not natural English.)

    Thank you.
    2. would be more natural if you had beautiful seas to choose from. Here, "I want to go to a beautiful beach" is very common. (But the vast majority of our beaches are on the ocean, and we have few seas to speak of.)
    1. is less common. I guess it's the reverse of your "mountains" question. "I want to go to the sea" is OK, but not "a sea."

    PS. "I want to go to spot/place on the sea/ocean" is good.

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