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    a/the upper button / a/the green light

    Dear guests,

    I wrote some time ago that I'm working as a tour guide as my part-time job in summer and when I'm working with big groups I have to explain to them how to use receivers and earpieces they get from me for hearing me outside. i usually say something like:

    "Please take your receivers and press a/the upper button on the front panel till you see a/the green light flashing. After that find a/the lower button on the side panel and press it if necessary to turn up the volume or to turn it down ...."

    Please help me choose the correct artciles here.

    Thanks

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    Re: a/the upper button / a/the green light

    Quote Originally Posted by milan2003_07 View Post
    "Please take your receivers and press a/the upper button on the front panel till you see a/the green light flashing. After that find a/the lower button on the side panel and press it if necessary to turn up the volume up or to turn it down ...."
    I think, because you are talking about specific buttons on the receivers, and it is clear to the people you are speaking to which buttons they are, you need to use "the" (the definite article), in each case.

    If you were asking them to press any button of their choice, then you would say "Please press a button", a being the indefinite (or non-specific) article. In that instance you could say also "Please press any button" instead.

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    Re: a/the upper button / a/the green light

    Thanks for the reply! One more question to specify the sentence: each receiver, of course, has only one upper button and only one lower one, but there are a lot of people on the bus and each has his own receiver with two buttons I've mentioned. Should I say "Please press the upper button on your receivers ..." or "Please press the upper buttons on your receivers ... "?

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    Re: a/the upper button / a/the green light

    Use the singular "button". The plural would be confusing.

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