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    a White House

    http://www.teoti.com/news/84327-obam...umid=33&page=1

    While it was a coincidence that the arms agreement came together in the same week that Mr. Obama signed the health care overhaul plan into law, the serendipity energized a White House that until recently had been beleaguered by criticism that it could not achieve its lofty goals.
    Why is it indefinite?

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    Re: a White House

    We use the indefinite article before a proper noun sometimes when we want to show that we are seeing a specific aspect of that noun.

    It was a very dirty Alex who came out of the cave. (Alex is not usually dirty, but got dirty in the cave.)

    A very happy Alice greeted us to tell us about her engagement. (Alice was very happy.)

    In this case, the White House (meaning the Obama administration) had been the subject of criticism.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 15-Aug-2016 at 18:07. Reason: Fixed typo
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: a White House

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    We use the indefinite article before a proper noun sometimes when we want to show that we are seeing a specific aspect of that noun.
    Thank you very much!

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals
    This was the very thing I was going to ask next. :)

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