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    #1

    Does it mean the same?

    I go on diving into the article usage, and I've got a question:

    - One of the big superstars died recently.
    - A big superstar died recently

    Do they mean the same? More preciesly: Do they provide the same amount of information?

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    #2

    Re: Does it mean the same?

    Yes. Yes. But don't use them.

    When somebody famous dies they use the person's name. They don't say a superstar died.

    Don't say "big superstar". That's weirdly redundant.

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    #3

    Re: Does it mean the same?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Don't say "big superstar". That's weirdly redundant.
    I agree.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    Yes. Yes. But don't use them.

    When somebody famous dies they use the person's name. They don't say a superstar died.
    I don't entirely agree. You'll see things like "Another superstar gone from our midst - So-and-so has died at the age of 98."

    Or a teaser on the news: A superstar gone. Find out who after the break.
    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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