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    A telephone is the actual physycal machin

    Hello all!
    In the reference below, why is it said "A telephone is the actual physical machine", cant we say" A telephone is an actual physical machine"?
    I have the same question about: "the telephone is the system of communication".
    Reference: http://advice.writing.utoronto.ca/wp...te-article.pdf.
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    Re: A telephone is the actual physycal machin

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    Hello all!
    In the reference below, why is does it say said "A telephone is the actual physical machine"? Cant we say" A telephone is an actual physical machine"?
    "A telephone is the actual physical machine that we use for talking to each other over a distance."
    I inserted the words in blue to illustrate that we are talking about a specific type of machine.

    Yes, you can say "A telephone is an actual physical machine", for example, to define/describe a telephone.

    Quote Originally Posted by moseen View Post
    I have the same question about: "the telephone is the system of communication".
    The orange "the" is explained in that reference (used with systems of communication), and the green one is because we are talking about a specific system (of communication).

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