From "Practical English Usage" of Michael Swan:
"the... of a...
In classifying expressions of this kind, the first article is definite even if the meaning of the whole expression is indefinite.
Lying by the side of the road we saw the wheel of a car."
Several times I have find these rule broken. Should I apply this rule or not?
"Lying on the ground, we...." reads that we were lying on the ground instead of the wheel.
His sentence should have been: We saw a/the wheel of a car lying on the ground.
Try this one: Licking his butt, John saw his dog in the kitchen.
Last edited by nyggus; 16-Oct-2006 at 08:18. Reason: stupid, stupid mistake!