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    #1

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    Hello, dear teachers.

    It has been so many times down we not talked. I've been studying Portuguese.

    My question is:

    What means 'example' in the sentence:

    A/an can mean 'any example of something'.

    Thanks in advance.

    Olga

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    Re: Example

    As the indefinite article only sepcifies the number and doesn't refer to a specific something, it just refers to an example- if I say 'a table', then you cannot say which particular table, so I referring to any single example of that item of furniture.

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    #3

    Cool Re: Example

    1. And a 'CD' is an example of what?

    2. I meant: what means a word 'example'. Just it.

    3. Do a 'number' and an 'example' mean one thing?
    Last edited by PINKGREAT; 24-Dec-2006 at 06:06. Reason: I thought it lately

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    Re: Example

    If I say 'a CD', I am just referring to a single CD- not any in particular, so it could be any one of the million available. If I saw 'the CD', it could only be one single CD out of all available (the one I bought yesterday, etc).

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    #5

    Re: Example

    Thank you. I get it.

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    #6

    Re: Example

    Excellent- articles are tricky things.

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