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    #1

    a cat or the cat


    1. A cat with black spots is missing.

    2. The cat with black spots is missing.

    May I know which of the above is correct?

    I would pick number 2.

    The model answer is number 1.

    Many thanks.


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    Re: a cat or the cat

    Both are correct. It just depends if you're talking about one specific cat, or some cat in general. Context is going to determine which is more appropriate for a given situation.
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