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    Article issues - use of "the"

    1.______ anonymous caller helped ______ local police crack ______ difficult case that had remained unsolved for years.

    Which article correctly fill these blanks ? I am trying to set an article question, but am confused as to what the correct answer is.

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    Re: Article issues - use of "the"

    An/The anonymous caller helped a/the local police crack on a difficult case that had remained unsolved for years.

    I am not a teacher. Could you check the sentence for us?

    Thanks


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    Re: Article issues - use of "the"

    Quote Originally Posted by FirstScript View Post
    1.____the__ anonymous caller helped ___the ___ local police crack __on a____ difficult case that had remained unsolved for years.

    Which article correctly fill these blanks ? I am trying to set an article question, but am confused as to what the correct answer is.
    i think the following should be the possible reply of the sentence:
    An anonymous caller helped the local police crack on a difficult case that had remained unsolved for years.

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    Post Re: Article issues - use of "the"

    Thanks for the replies.

    Typo in the earlier post - *articles


    The first and last bank are "An" and "a" respectively.

    However I am a little confused about the use of "the" in the middle blank. I would like a clarification as to when the article should be used, and when not.


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    Re: Article issues - use of "the"

    Quote Originally Posted by FirstScript View Post
    1.______ anonymous caller helped ______ local police crack ______ difficult case that had remained unsolved for years.

    Which article correctly fill these blanks ? I am trying to set an article question, but am confused as to what the correct answer is.
    An / the / a

    "the local police" = specific [there is not likely to be more than one police group in a district]

    What will you do if your answers include "the" as the third article? It is a possible use.

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    Re: Article issues - use of "the"

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    An / the / a

    "the local police" = specific [there is not likely to be more than one police group in a district]

    What will you do if your answers include "the" as the third article? It is a possible use.
    Thanks !

    The third blank has "the" as an option, but not in combination with the correct options for the other blanks.

    :)

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