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    the eternal triangle

    which sentence is correct?:
    1. "It is A little eternal triangle"
    2. "It is THE little eternal triangle"

    What happens if an idiomatic phrase requiring a definitive article is preceded by an adjective like in this example? What is the rule here?

    thanks

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    Re: the eternal triangle

    [quote=blue001;313323]What happens if an idiomatic phrase requiring a definitive article is preceded by an adjective like in this example?[quote]

    1. It is a little eternal triangle.


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    Re: the eternal triangle

    Quote Originally Posted by blue001 View Post
    which sentence is correct?:
    1. "It is A little eternal triangle"
    2. "It is THE little eternal triangle"

    What happens if an idiomatic phrase requiring a definitive article is preceded by an adjective like in this example? What is the rule here?

    thanks
    Except for some specific classes of nouns, descriptive attributes don't usually affect the choice of articles.
    It is a triangle.
    It is an eternal triangle.
    It is a little eternal triangle.

    Your sentence could have 'the' if you were referring to an object known to the co-speaker.

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