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    Walking a/the dog

    Hi All,

    What is the right article in the following sentence?
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    'Walking a / the dog is good exercise.'

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    Re: Walking a/the dog

    'The' is the normal article for talking about a pet, but here either could be used.

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    Re: Walking a/the dog

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    Thanks. Which one is more appropriate?


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    Re: Walking a/the dog

    I think it should be walking the dog. :)

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    Re: Walking a/the dog

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    Tdol,

    Thanks. Which one is more appropriate?
    I'd be more likely to use the definite article.

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    #6

    Re: Walking a/the dog

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi All,

    What is the right article in the following sentence?
    Also please explain the reasoning.

    'Walking a / the dog is good exercise.'

    Thanks,

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    Either is correct.

    Walking the dog refers specifically to walking one's own dog or another specific dog.
    Walking a dog refers to walking any dog, walking a dog in general.

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