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    the/a demonstration

    According to Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English, "demonstration" is a countable noun.

    Is it okay to leave out "a" before "demonstration" in the following sentence?
    In this paper, we summarize the development and (a?) demonstration of a database structure that can perform real-time system analysis and control.

    Are the following sentences both acceptable to begin a report?
    1. In this paper, we summarize the demonstration of a database structure that can perform real-time system analysis and control.
    2. In this paper, we summarize a demonstration of a database structure that can perform real-time system analysis and control.

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    Re: the/a demonstration

    All the sentences you present for analysis are grammatically correct, yes.

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    Re: the/a demonstration

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    All the sentences you present for analysis are grammatically correct, yes.
    Thank you. Is there any difference in meaning between "a demonstration of...." and "the demonstration of...."?

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    Re: the/a demonstration

    Quote Originally Posted by Snappy View Post
    Thank you. Is there any difference in meaning between "a demonstration of...." and "the demonstration of...."?
    In a word, yes. When you use "the" you are talking about a specific demonstration.

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    Re: the/a demonstration

    And if you use the indefinite article, there are probably a number of possible demonstrations.

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