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    'a' or 'the' ?

    Which article would you use in:

    He isn't ___ type of man to make a woman happy.

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    #2

    Re: 'a' or 'the' ?

    He isn't the type of man to make a woman happy.

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    #3

    Re: 'a' or 'the' ?

    I would stumble on 'the' because of 'he' is both a particular person and a known person. However, wait a native speaker.

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    #4

    Re: 'a' or 'the' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by Clark View Post
    Which article would you use in:

    He isn't ___ type of man to make a woman happy.
    He isn't the type of man to make a woman happy.

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    #5

    Re: 'a' or 'the' ?

    I think both are possible.

    a. He isn't a type of man to make a woman happy.
    b. He isn't the type of man to make a woman happy.

    I suppose there are many ways and many types of men to make a woman happy, if I may say so. Therefore, indefinite "a" is acceptable.( in my opinion)

    On the other hand, in b., I think it suggests there is only one type of man that makes a woman happy. It seems to me the speaker has one and only type of man in his/her mind.

    I'm not a native speaker of English, so my interpretation is not reliable. I just wanted to give my opinion here.


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    Re: 'a' or 'the' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I think both are possible.

    a. He isn't a type of man to make a woman happy.
    b. He isn't the type of man to make a woman happy.

    I suppose there are many ways and many types of men to make a woman happy, if I may say so. Therefore, indefinite "a" is acceptable.( in my opinion)

    On the other hand, in b., I think it suggests there is only one type of man that makes a woman happy. It seems to me the speaker has one and only type of man in his/her mind.

    I'm not a native speaker of English, so my interpretation is not reliable. I just wanted to give my opinion here.
    Well reasoned - but alas, the accepted collocation in this statement will be "the type of ".

    He is not the type [of man] to go skiing
    She is not the type [of woman] who cheats on her man

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    #7

    Re: 'a' or 'the' ?

    I'm sorry, everyone.


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    Re: 'a' or 'the' ?

    Quote Originally Posted by tzfujimino View Post
    I'm sorry, everyone.

    No need to apologise - it was an interesting suggestion

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