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    #11

    Re: "sea" with which article when talking about some sea, among the others

    Quote Originally Posted by Caprilla View Post
    The thing is that a student of mine asked if the following statement is correct: "seals live in a sea" meaning they can live in some sea.
    No, you need to use the here, not a.

    Seals live in the sea.

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    #12

    Re: "sea" with which article when talking about some sea, among the others

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    No, you need to use the here, not a.

    Seals live in the sea.
    Well, yes, speaking generally that they don't live in the forest but in the sea. But her point was that there is some sea where seals live.

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    #13

    Re: "sea" with which article when talking about some sea, among the others

    Quote Originally Posted by Caprilla View Post
    But her point was that there is some sea where seals live.
    I don't follow.

    If you can post the context of what she wrote, we'll tell you whether it's right.

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    #14

    Re: "sea" with which article when talking about some sea, among the others

    Quote Originally Posted by jutfrank View Post
    I don't follow.

    If you can post the context of what she wrote, we'll tell you whether it's right.
    So she wrote "I can see a seal. It lives in a sea". When I asked her why she used the indefinite article, she said that there are many seas on the Earth where seals can live. There are the Barents Sea, the Sea of Japan and many others where these animals live. So her point was that one of these seas is home for them. That was the way she explained it.
    Last edited by Caprilla; 06-Dec-2019 at 04:45.

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    #15

    Re: "sea" with which article when talking about some sea, among the others

    That's fine. But it's better to say, in my opinion, to say that seals are marine mammals.

    (Bored with a sea.)
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    #16

    Re: "sea" with which article when talking about some sea, among the others

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    That's fine. But it's better to say, in my opinion, to say that seals are marine mammals.

    (Bored with a sea.)
    Thanks! It's that we are now in the middle of the articles subject, so it's important to use a correct one even if it's bad for stylistics.
    Last edited by Caprilla; 06-Dec-2019 at 04:59.

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