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  1. Anonymous
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    explain the use of the articles in these sentences:
    -/The oxis a strong beast of burden.
    -/Snow covered all the ground
    -/the apple trees in the garden stood in full bloom

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    Re: articles

    -/The oxis a strong beast of burden.
    The oxis- we are thinking of the animal as a type so we use the article and there are many beasts of burden, of which it is one, hence the indefinite article.

    -/Snow covered all the ground

    The ground here is specific- we know where you are talking about.

    -/the apple trees in the garden stood in full bloom

    We knpow which apple trees you are talking about

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