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    for a sixth consecutive year

    I have read a sentence from a news article :

    "Melbourne in Australia was ranked as the world's most livable city for a sixth consecutive year."

    Is it correct to say "for a sixth consecutive year" ?
    or should i say "for (the) sixth consecutive year?


    Thank you.

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    Re: for a sixth consecutive year

    Either one is acceptable.
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    #3

    Re: for a sixth consecutive year

    Quote Originally Posted by Skrej View Post
    Either one is acceptable.
    There must be a difference in meaning however slight. Is there any?
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    Re: for a sixth consecutive year

    No, there is no difference in meaning.
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    #5

    Re: for a sixth consecutive year

    From time to time you will encounter a context in which the definite and indefinite articles are interchangeable.

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