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    "a big house" or "the big house" Which is the correct one?

    Recently I saw a question to use the correct article .
    Which is the correct usage:

    1) We live in a big house with a white door

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    2) We live in the big house with a white door

    The question didn't provide any extra context . It is just a simple sentence. which is the right answer?

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    Re: "a big house" or "the big house" Which is the correct one?

    I'd say they're both correct as written. There are three big houses over there; I live in the one with a (or the, with no change in meaning) white door.
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    Re: "a big house" or "the big house" Which is the correct one?

    You should also be aware that "the big house" is also an idiom for "prison".
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    Re: "a big house" or "the big house" Which is the correct one?

    Without further context, only #1 is correct as a simple statement of fact (though a full stop is missing at the end).

    #2 needs extra context - as illustrated above and below.

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    I've just noticed that this is your first post, aspirant90. Welcome to the forum.

    You also asked this question here.

    We recommend posting a question on one forum only initially. If you do not get a satisfactory answer from that forum and you feel that you have exhausted its possibilities, then of course trying a different forum might help. It is only courteous however, to tell the second forum that you have already asked the question on another forum and then give a precis of the answers you received there, or provide a link to it, along with an explanation of why you are now looking elsewhere.

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    Re: "a big house" or "the big house" Which is the correct one?

    Please explain the meaning of how these two sentences are differed. The question is We live in __ big house with a white door. Which article should I use?

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    Re: "a big house" or "the big house" Which is the correct one?

    Sir, We are using british english. Kindly explain which article is most suitable here: a or the ?

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    Re: "a big house" or "the big house" Which is the correct one?

    Quote Originally Posted by aspirant90 View Post
    Please explain the meaning of how these two sentences are different d. The question is We live in __ big house with a white door. Which article should I use?
    Use the indefinite article if you're telling someone what kind of house you live in. Use the definite article if you're telling someone which house you live in (among a number of houses with different color doors).
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    Re: "a big house" or "the big house" Which is the correct one?

    No. You use the article that's appropriate for what you want to say. What kind of house do you live in? A big one with a white door. Which one is it? The big one with a white door.
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    Re: "a big house" or "the big house" Which is the correct one?

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Over to you, mods,
    Did you happen to fall asleep before finishing the sentence?

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    Re: "a big house" or "the big house" Which is the correct one?

    If it is a stand-alone sentence, use "a". "The" would make more sense with additional information.

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