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  1. Anonymous
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    #1

    about usage of definite article

    do we always have to use definite article ahead of musical instrument?

  2. gwendolinest
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    #2
    No. The definite article is used only to refer to a specific instrument, or to that category of instrument in a general sense.

         The flute is on the table. (A specific flute)
         The flute is a woodwind instrument. (General)

    Otherwise, you can use an indefinite article, or no article at all.

         There is a flute on the table. (No particular flute, just a flute)
         The sound of flutes could be heard. (Some flutes or other)

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  3. gwendolinest
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    #3

    Re: about usage of definite article

    Quote Originally Posted by yh kwon
    do we always have to use definite article ahead of musical instrument?
    Correction: Do we always have to use the definite article in front of (the name of) a musical instrument?

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  4. Newbie
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    #4

    Re: about usage of definite article

    Do I always have to use definite articles before musical instruments? For instance, playing (the) drums?

    Thank you,

    M.

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