# Thread: a, an, the or -

1. ## a, an, the or -

(1) ---- maps show (2) ---- main features of (3) ---- area, and (4) ---- ways that relate one area to another. In (5) ---- upper left corner of (6) ---- real map, there is always (7) ---- compass rose that shows you which way is (8) ---- north. Of course (9) ---- distances on (10) ---- map are much shorter than (11) ---- distances in (12) ---- real world, and (13) ---- scale in (14) ---- bottom left corner helps you to estimate (15) ---- real distance.

1. -
2. the
3. an
4. the
5. the
6. a
7. a
8. the
9. the
10. a
11. the
12. the
13. the
14. the
15. the
Are they correct? Thank you.

2. ## Re: a, an, the or -

Originally Posted by Trex
(1) ---- maps show (2) ---- main features of (3) ---- area, and (4) ---- ways that relate one area to another. In (5) ---- upper left corner of (6) ---- real map, there is always (7) ---- compass rose that shows you which way is (8) ---- north. Of course (9) ---- distances on (10) ---- map are much shorter than (11) ---- distances in (12) ---- real world, and (13) ---- scale in (14) ---- bottom left corner helps you to estimate (15) ---- real distance.

1. - OK
2. the OK
3. an OK
4. the OK
5. the OK
6. a OK
7. a OK
8. the No, -
9. the OK, but also -
10. a OK
11. the OK, but also -
12. the OK
13. the No, a
14. the OK
15. the OK
Are they correct? Thank you.
As above.

3. ## Re: a, an, the or -

(1) ---- maps show (2) ---- main features of (3) ---- area, and (4) ---- ways that relate one area to another. In (5) ---- upper left corner of (6) ---- real map, there is always (7) ---- compass rose that shows you which way is (8) ---- north. Of course (9) ---- distances on (10) ---- map are much shorter than (11) ---- distances in (12) ---- real world, and (13) ---- scale in (14) ---- bottom left corner helps you to estimate (15) ---- real distance.

8. the
9. the
11. the
13. the

hi Mike,

1- Would you prefer to use "a" rather than "the" in 9 and 11?

2- Is "the" completely wrong in 8?

3- Why not "the" in 13? Doesn't "in the bottom left corner" describe the "scale", turning it into something definite? So isn't it definite?

4. ## Re: a, an, the or -

Originally Posted by Trex
(1) ---- maps show (2) ---- main features of (3) ---- area, and (4) ---- ways that relate one area to another. In (5) ---- upper left corner of (6) ---- real map, there is always (7) ---- compass rose that shows you which way is (8) ---- north. Of course (9) ---- distances on (10) ---- map are much shorter than (11) ---- distances in (12) ---- real world, and (13) ---- scale in (14) ---- bottom left corner helps you to estimate (15) ---- real distance.

8. the
9. the
11. the
13. the

hi Mike,

1- Would you prefer to use "a" rather than "the" in 9 and 11?

2- Is "the" completely wrong in 8?

3- Why not "the" in 13? Doesn't "in the bottom left corner" describe the "scale", turning it into something definite? So isn't it definite?
1. No. For me, nothing is the best since we have not mentioned any particular distances yet. Niether "the" or "a" would be incorrect, but the use of "a" would require a change in other words.

2. Yes. We only use "the" with directions when they refer to a region. In the Civil War, the North fought the South.

3. You could use "the", but I prefer "a". It is difficult to determine that it is the only scale there.

5. ## Re: a, an, the or -

Thank you Mike.

6. ## Re: a, an, the or -

Originally Posted by Trex
Thank you Mike.
You're welcome.

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