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    #1

    article usage

    This is a sentence from an article in The Guardian:

    ...After a day in which the Russian foreign ministry announced the expulsion of four British diplomats, Mr Putin called for "common sense" and said the "mini-crisis" would be resolved...

    Shouldn't they have used the definite article and written "after the day in which..."

    Honestly, I do not see the logic of using the indefinite article at all
    Could someone explain this to me, if you please?


    Russia responds in kind to diplomat expulsions | Russia | Guardian Unlimited
    (this is the link)


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    #2

    Re: article usage

    No - it is a day in which something happened. It could be any day.

    The
    day is absolutely specific - it could not be any other day.


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    Re: article usage

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    The day is absolutely specific - it could not be any other day.
    Isn't this..
    "in which the Russian foreign ministry announced the expulsion of four British diplomats"
    ..a specification?


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    #4

    Re: article usage

    This is a good example of English's flexibility.

    It could be "the [specific] day on which" but it can also be "a [non-specific] day on which". In my view, in this context and source (a newspaper report), either can be used and the journalist has preferred "a day".


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    #5

    Re: article usage

    Oh, I understand.
    Thank you.

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