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    definite and indefinite articles

    Dear teachers,

    Would you be kind enough to explain to me why in the following sentence one and the same noun once is with definite article and the next time is with indefinite article?

    “Martin, who had never seen Dave, to whom the name was only a name, was aware of the shadow.”

    Thank you for your efforts.



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    Re: definite and indefinite articles

    The name [Dave] had no meaning for Martin apart from being a name. [ie,. he had not met Dave, so Dave has no meaning for him as a person. He is merely a name.]

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