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    a Monsieur Savlon

    (An example sentence in Oxford Modern English Grammar)

    Lunch was served in the restaurant downstairs by the proprietor himself – a Monsieur Savlon whom we'd met briefly.

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    Isn't Monsieur Savlon a proper noun? I am wondering why there is an "a" before it? Is the speaker implying there is at least one more Monsieur Savlon?

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    Re: a Monsieur Savlon

    https://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/a
    → 15 used before someone’s name when you do not know who they are
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    Re: a Monsieur Savlon

    Two things. One, it was, apparently, the first time this person had been mentioned. Two, it's a manner of speaking--nothing more and nothing less. (My opinion.)

    (Cross posted.)

    Note that a person might also say one instead of a.
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