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    <The> country

    Hello everyone!

    What does the difference between two sentences? why does "country" one time come from with "a" and one time with "the"?

    1. Canada is a very big country.

    2. Do you live in a town or in the country?

    Reference: Essential Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy , the sentence with number 1 come from Unit 70 and the sentence with number 2 come from Unit 71.

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    Re: <The> country

    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...ntry?q=country

    In your quoted sentences, 'country' in #1 and #2 refer to definition #1 and #4 in the above link respectively, so different articles should be used.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: <The> country

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    http://www.oxfordlearnersdictionarie...ntry?q=country

    In your quoted sentences, 'country' in #1 and #2 refer to definition #1 and #4 in the above link respectively, so different articles should be used.
    Always do we use "a" for definition #1 and use "the" for definition #4 in dictionary?

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    Re: <The> country

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    Do we always do we use "a" for definition #1 and use "the" for definition #4 in the dictionary?
    Note the correct way to construct a question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: <The> country

    Also

    What does
    is the difference between these two sentences?

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    Re: <The> country

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    Always do we use "a" for definition #1 and use "the" for definition #4 in dictionary?
    In definition #1: China is the big country where I live. China is a big country you want to visit.
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