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    It's a look I'm going for

    Hi. When someone comments on your appearance and people sometimes say It's a look I'm going for, which article should it be, the definite or indefinite ?
    Thanks in advance .

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    Re: It's a look I'm going for

    Either one could work, depending on whether it's the only "look you are going for" or one of several.
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    Re: It's a look I'm going for

    Andi Harper, don't forget that we don't put a space before a full stop or a question mark.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: It's a look I'm going for

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Andi Harper, don't forget that we don't put a space before a full stop or a question mark.
    Hi.Thanks. I'll take notice of that. Please point out any other mistakes I might make in the future.
    And, any thoughts on my question?

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    Re: It's a look I'm going for

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Either one could work, depending on whether it's the only "look you are going for" or one of several.
    I heard people say it with the indefinite article even though, I'm pretty sure they meant only one look. And what exactly do you mean by one of several?

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    Re: It's a look I'm going for

    If you have more than one "look" for different occasions, for example.
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    Re: It's a look I'm going for

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Either one could work, depending on whether it's the only "look you are going for" or one of several.

    Here's an example:
    A: You look tired. You've got bags under your eyes.
    B: It's a look I'm going for.
    Here he's obviously talking about one look and still uses the indefinite article.

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    Re: It's a look I'm going for

    It's not the only look he is considering.

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    Re: It's a look I'm going for

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    It's not the only look he is considering.
    How do you know that? What's the other look that he's considering?

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    Re: It's a look I'm going for

    We don't know what the other look(s) is/are, but the use of "a" suggests that there is at least one other.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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