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    #1

    Chile's LAN Airlines had confirmed an/the order for 25 jets

    This comes from Market Leader Intermediate - Progress Test 2.

    Complete the text. Use a, an, the or zero article.

    Shares in the aerospaceand defence group, EADS rose by_______________(16) 2 per cent to €29.89 on_______________(17) announcement that Chile’s LAN Airlineshad confirmed _______________(18) order for 25 jets from the European aircraftmanufacturer Airbus, _______________(19) joint companyowned by EADS andBAE Systems of_______________(20) UK.
    The answer key provided states that the answers are:
    16 - no article
    17 - an
    18 - an
    19 - a
    20 - the

    My question is about gap 17. In my opinion, it sounds like a pice of writing that refers to a major event, and I see no problem with using the in gap 17. In other words, I think that...

    Shares in the aerospace and defence group, EADS rose by________no article_______(16) 2 per cent to €29.89 on_______the________(17) announcement that Chile’s LAN Airlineshad confirmed _______an________(18) order for 25 jets from the European aircraftmanufacturer Airbus, ________a_______(19) joint companyowned by EADS and BAE Systems of_______the________(20) UK.
    ...is also fine. What do you think?

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    #2

    Re: Chile's LAN Airlines had confirmed an/the order for 25 jets

    I agree. Both articles are possible.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Chile's LAN Airlines had confirmed an/the order for 25 jets

    I read it like this:

    16) no article
    17) the
    18) an
    19) a
    20) the

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