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    Again ARTICLE problem

    Why don’t we use “a” before French sculptor in the example below?

    The Statue of Liberty commemorates the alliance between France and the United States during the American Revolution (1775-1783). It was designed by French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and completed in July 1884.

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    Re: Again ARTICLE problem

    Quote Originally Posted by azkad View Post
    Why don’t we use “a” before French sculptor in the example below?

    The Statue of Liberty commemorates the alliance between France and the United States during the American Revolution (1775-1783). It was designed by French sculptor Frédéric-Auguste Bartholdi and completed in July 1884.

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    Hi there,
    It is a good question! My thoughts on this are:
    1. Although I'm not familiar with the name (I'm so uncultured), he is clearly well-known. (1884, Statue of Liberty)
    2. Someone who is well-known wouldn't be just any French sculptor
    3. "a" French sculptor would have the connotation of someone not yet known
    4. "the" French sculptor would be possible here but may indicate that there is only one French sculptor (but to be fair, in this context, zero article and "the" would both work)

    Articles are complex and some rules supercede others but I hope this helps

    Fiona

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    Re: Again ARTICLE problem

    Dear Fiona, although you think you are uncultured in terms of personal names, now I see you ARE grammatically "cultured". I appreciate your answer very much. It is something to crow about, indeed. Thanks.
    Azim

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    Re: Again ARTICLE problem

    Quote Originally Posted by azkad View Post
    Dear Fiona, although you think you are uncultured in terms of personal names, now I see you ARE grammatically "cultured". I appreciate your answer very much. It is something to crow about, indeed. Thanks.
    Azim
    Yikes! I'll try not to let it go to my head
    My pleasure Azim.

    Fiona

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