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    #1

    He has a best friend / He has the best friend

    Coul you please tell me which article fits better here:

    1) He has a best friend, Judy.
    2) He has the best friend, Judy.
    Last edited by englishhobby; 11-Dec-2016 at 18:12.
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    #2

    Re: He has a best friend / He has the best friend

    2) He has the best friend, Judy.

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    #3

    Re: He has a best friend / He has the best friend

    He has a best friend. = He has one person he regards as his best friend.

    He has the best friend would work only in some unlikely situation such as:

    Fred has a good friend, James, James gave Fred a bicycle for Christmas.
    Henry has a better friend, George. George gave Henry a car for Christmas.
    Mary has the best friend, Susan. Susan gave Mary an apartment blocj for Christmas.

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    #4

    Re: He has a best friend / He has the best friend

    Both are right but mean different things.

    He has a best friend, Judy =

    - Some people have best friends. Some people don't. He does: Judy.

    OR (if you're speaking TO Judy):

    - Judy, you'll be interested in knowing that he has a best friend.

    He has the best friend, Judy =

    - He has a really terrific friend. It's Judy.

    OR (if you're speaking TO Judy):

    - Judy, you'll be interested in knowing that he has a really terrific friend.
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    #5

    Re: He has a best friend / He has the best friend

    Quote Originally Posted by ali7772016 View Post
    2) He has the best friend, Judy.

    Please don't give out answers as fact when you are not sure of the correct answer.

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    #6

    Re: He has a best friend / He has the best friend

    Is it better to say:
    He has a best friend, Judy.
    or
    He has a good friend, Judy.
    And I know there should be more context.

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    #7

    Re: He has a best friend / He has the best friend

    Quote Originally Posted by ali7772016 View Post
    I know there should be more context.
    Quite.

    We cant say one is 'better', because they are not the same thing.

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