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    Question Articles once mre

    "An introductory paragraph leads the reader to sense what's ahead. It sets the stage. It also attempts to arouse a reader's interest in the topic."

    The first reader is preceded by a definite article whereas the second reader, by an indefinite article. Why, why, why?!

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    Re: Articles once mre

    You're right - this is confusing. I think if I wrote it, I'd use "the" in both cases - meaning "the reader who is currently reading your paragraph."

    I suppose the second reader, "a reader," could be a possible future reader who is wandering by... not very probable, is it?

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    Re: Articles once mre

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I suppose the second reader, "a reader," could be a possible future reader who is wandering by... not very probable, is it?
    Tricky. But however I look at the paragraph, I can't imagine the author writes about two different readers. For me, both readers refer to the same reader.

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    Re: Articles once mre

    Quote Originally Posted by nyggus View Post
    Tricky. But however I look at the paragraph, I can't imagine the author writes about two different readers. For me, both readers refer to the same reader.

    Nyggus

    I think particle "a" is connected directly to interest, not to reader's.
    "A reader's interest" sounds like " one of the reader's interests" to me.
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    Re: Articles once mre

    Quote Originally Posted by siruss View Post
    I think particle "a" is connected directly to interest, not to reader's.
    "A reader's interest" indicates " one of the reader's interests", I guess.
    No. As a rule, an article does refer to a possesive noun it precedes, so to the reader in our example.

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