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    #1

    using articles (a/an/the)

    Hi guys,

    i piously believe i understand which articles to use during my exercises, but some of them just confusing me.
    Here they are:

    1. Our teacher gave us (/)aanthe test today. It was (/)aanthe really hard test.

    so, the rule tells me
    THE is called a definite article. "Definite" means "specific". Use THE when talking about something which is already known to the listener or which has been previously mentioned, introduced, or discussed.
    Hence, why can't i say "It was the really hard test"? I know it's bit strange even for my begginer learner ears, but the rule says to do so, doesn't it?
    If i reprhase it and say like "The test was really hard" i would definitely use "THE", not "A".

    so, why i should use "A" instead of "The" in the original sentence?

    thank you
    Last edited by oliv'e; 05-Nov-2015 at 10:06.

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    Re: using articles (a/an/the)

    It is a really hard test. It was not the only really hard test.

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