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    The/A radio

    In the "Grammar English in Use unit 70" is said that for "radio" we must use "the", I want question that must we use "the" for all cases ? is below sentence correct?
    I've got the radio?

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    Re: The/A radio

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    In the "Grammar English in Use, unit 70" is said it says that for "radio" we must use "the". I want to question that. Must we use "the" for all cases? Is the sentence below sentence correct?

    I've got the radio.
    Please note that I have changed your thread title. You used "<The><A> country". I have no idea why the arrows were there, nor the word "country". It has nothing to do with your thread.

    See my corrections above.

    "I've got the radio" is a perfectly acceptable sentence but so is "I've got a radio". I will be very surprised if that book suggests you have to use "the" with "radio" every time you write/say it. That seems very unlikely and it's completely incorrect.
    Are you sure that it doesn't say that you have to use it in a specific scenario, presumably the one given in the book?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The/A radio

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Please note that I have changed your thread title. You used "<The><A> country". I have no idea why the arrows were there, nor the word "country". It has nothing to do with your thread.

    See my corrections above.

    "I've got the radio" is a perfectly acceptable sentence but so is "I've got a radio". I will be very surprised if that book suggests you have to use "the" with "radio" every time you write/say it. That seems very unlikely and it's completely incorrect.
    Are you sure that it doesn't say that you have to use it in a specific scenario, presumably the one given in the book?
    Thank you for your correction.
    that book says "the radio", and give the sample below.
    I listen to the radio a lot.

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    Re: The/A radio

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    Thank you for your corrections.
    that The book says "the radio" (no comma here) and give must be used in the sample example sentence below.

    I listen to the radio a lot.
    Aha! Now it makes sense. In that specific context, "the radio" is obligatory. When we are talking about the medium of communication used, we do use the definite article.

    I listen to the radio every day.
    He watches the television twice a week. (Note that it's also possible to use no article there.)
    I read the newspaper to find out the financial news.

    If you are simply talking about the piece of equipment, "radio", then all the articles are possible.

    I have a red radio.
    There is a radio in this room. Can you see the radio?
    I have owned six radios.
    There were ten televisions and lots of radios in the shop window.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: The/A radio

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Aha! Now it makes sense. In that specific context, "the radio" is obligatory. When we are talking about the medium of communication used, we do use the definite article.

    I listen to the radio every day.
    He watches the television twice a week. (Note that it's also possible to use no article there.)
    I read the newspaper to find out the financial news.

    If you are simply talking about the piece of equipment, "radio", then all the articles are possible.

    I have a red radio.
    There is a radio in this room. Can you see the radio?
    I have owned six radios.
    There were ten televisions and lots of radios in the shop window.
    Thank you for your useful help.
    Aha! is Persian!

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    Re: The/A radio

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    Thank you for your useful help.

    Aha! is Persian!
    You're welcome but remember that there is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find useful. It saves time for everyone.

    I think a lot of languages use some form of "Aha!"
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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