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  1. Newbie
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    a/an/the

    hi, i am a new laerner and a new member. So i have got a question for you,

    1-)if we carrying a phone which one is ours and he(we talking with him) knows it. what I should say?

    i am carrying a phone or i am carrying the phone. ?

    2-)if we carrying again a phone which was seen by the man(we talking with him.) but he doesnt know anything about it. again what should I say?


    i think "the phone" is an answer for both questions is that true?

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    Re: a/an/the

    Quote Originally Posted by Lantern View Post
    Hi, ​I am a new laerner learner and a new member. So I have got a question for you.

    1-) 1) If we I am carrying a phone which one is ours mine and he (we talking with him the person I am talking to) knows it, what should I should say?

    "I am carrying a phone" or "I am carrying the phone"?

    2-) 2) If we I am carrying again a phone which was seen by the man (we talking with him. the man I am talking to) but he doesn't know anything about it, again what should I say?


    I think "the phone" is an the answer for to both questions. Is that true correct?
    Welcome to the forum.

    Please note my multiple corrections above. It is important to follow these rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - Always capitalise the word "I" (first person singular).
    - End every sentence with a single, appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Do not put a space before a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Do not put a space after a full stop, comma, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Do not put a space before closing brackets.

    I have corrected the grammar but I don't really understand the situations you are talking about. What do you mean when you say that the man "knows" or "doesn't know" "about the phone".

    If you are talking to him by telephone, then it's clear that you are carrying a phone. More context might make it clearer. I have suggested a couple of dialogues to see if they help you.

    Man: What happened to that iPhone I gave you yesterday?
    You: I'm talking to you on that phone!

    Man: What are you carrying at the moment?
    You: I'm carrying a phone and a rucksack.

    Man: Are you carrying the pen I gave you on Monday and the phone I gave you yesterday?
    You: I'm carrying the phone. I left the pen at home.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: a/an/the

    I believe by "knows" he is asking about the proper article to use when a particular item has already been established. Which is what the definite article is all about.

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    #4

    Re: a/an/the

    Thanks.My English is terrible for now,I am sorry. I have got another question.

    What do you understand from following sentences ?

    1)"My car is in a garage."

    2)"My car is in the garage."
    Last edited by Lantern; 11-Jun-2016 at 00:28.

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    Re: a/an/the

    Quote Originally Posted by Lantern View Post
    Thanks.My English is terrible for now,I am sorry. I have got another question.

    What do you understand from following sentences ?

    1)"My car is in a garage."

    2)"My car is in the garage."
    1) There is a garage somewhere. My car is in it.
    2) My car is parked in a specific garage. It could be the one next to my house, the one where I have it repaired, the one near the restaurant where we're talking, or some other one; the sentence doesn't say exactly which, but I'm thinking of it as I speak.
    I am not a teacher.

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