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    Question THE or A, An?

    Hi all :)

    I have read so many online tutorials about The and A, An.
    It seemed like I understood when I should use them correctly with the examples(such as, 'Pass me THE book', 'Shall I buy a new pencil?'), they provide online.

    But in Real writing (I meant as... Essay, Academic writing.),
    It's really hard to figure out when to put THE and A, AN.

    Example:
    "We have demonstrated its contribution to (the?) development of African fish industry, through the Hanana business."

    Please help!
    Thanks
    Last edited by alleala; 11-Jul-2014 at 14:48.

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    Re: THE or A, An?

    "We have demonstrated its contribution to (the?) development of African fish industry, through the Hanana business."
    Your use of "the" before "development" is correct, but you also need another "the" before "African".
    I'm not a teacher of English, but I have spoken it for (almost) all of my life....

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    Re: THE or A, An?

    What's on "online tut"?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: THE or A, An?

    I agree with Grumpy about "the" before "African", but I consider "the" before "development" to be optional.

    I assume "tuts" means "tutorials" but you should not use chat abbreviations on this forum.

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    Re: THE or A, An?

    Thanks Grumpy! but can you also explain why or when I should put THE?

    I was taught that you put THE when you and others already know what it is.
    but in this case, it's hard to judge whether the reader knows about the development... or African fish industry..


    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy View Post
    "We have demonstrated its contribution to (the?) development of African fish industry, through the Hanana business."
    Your use of "the" before "development" is correct, but you also need another "the" before "African".
    Last edited by alleala; 11-Jul-2014 at 14:47. Reason: typo

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    Re: THE or A, An?

    Sorry, I will correct the chat abbreviation I used.
    And thanks for replying my question :)

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    Re: THE or A, An?

    Quote Originally Posted by alleala View Post


    I was taught that you put THE when you and others already know what it is.
    You also use "the" when there's only one.
    The store on the northwest corner of Elm Street and Main Street.
    There is one African fish industry.
    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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