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    Are these sentences correct with definite and indefinite noun phrases?

    There is a place next to him. (existential) < more likely
    There is a place next to him. (locative) < less likely

    There is the place next to him. (existential) < less likely
    There is the place next to him. (locative) < more likely

    Are these sentences correct with definite and indefinite noun phrases? and also tell about the usage(less likely and more likely).

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    Re: Are these sentences correct with definite and indefinite noun phrases?

    Although "the place" is grammatical and might work in a few situations, "a place" is much more likely.

    Let's see what our grammarians have to say.
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    Re: Are these sentences correct with definite and indefinite noun phrases?

    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Are these sentences correct with definite and indefinite noun phrases?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    I guess Raju didn't like the answers!
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    Re: Are these sentences correct with definite and indefinite noun phrases?

    The answers were given by a grammarian on this forum and a native speaker on another forum.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: Are these sentences correct with definite and indefinite noun phrases?

    Well, hell, what do THEY know?
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    Re: Are these sentences correct with definite and indefinite noun phrases?

    Quote Originally Posted by Matthew Wai View Post
    The answers were given by a grammarian on this forum and a native speaker on another forum.
    You are right both they were given answers but different answers. Who has given the right answer- the grammarian on this forum and the native speaker on another forum. Who have I to believe?

    I actually started this question after I read this.
    https://forum.wordreference.com/thre...#post-17169172
    Look at post 3. In that list B. 2nd example.
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    Re: Are these sentences correct with definite and indefinite noun phrases?

    The story you were looking for is something specific and known. Without further context, your sentence is not the same.

    Can we keep things friendly please? Thanks

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