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    Question The meaning of "A"

    The following paragraph appears in a recent AP report on the meeting in Madrid:

    A frustrated King Juan Carlos, seated next to Zapatero, leaned toward Chavez and loudly asked: "Why don't you shut up?" The monarch then left the chamber.

    Question: What is the meaing of the indefinite article "A" at the beginning of the paragraph? King Juan Carlos is a well-known personality, shouldn't "The" is a better choice than "A"?

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    Re: The meaning of "A"

    King Juan Carlos may be a well-known personality, Surapon, but the report is introducing a "frustrated" King Juan Carlos for the first time.

    Hope this helps.

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