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    Article before proper noun

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    I read the following line in the media. I don't understand the logic behind the use of an article ('A') for Russia. Can you please explain?

    A defiant Russia said on Friday that international condemnation of its actions in Georgia was biased.


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    Re: Article before proper noun

    Simple use of adjectives to specifically describe Russia.

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    Re: Article before proper noun

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    I read the following line in the media. I don't understand the logic behind the use of an article ('A') for Russia. Can you please explain?

    A defiant Russia said on Friday that international condemnation of its actions in Georgia was biased.


    Thanks,

    MG.
    It's just a stylistic device that you can use.
    A confused musicgold asked about "a defiant Russia".
    Russia isn't always defiant; you aren't always confused (I'll assume).
    If a situation is temporary, you can say:
    An angry Madonna lashed out at reporters.
    A penitent Fukuda resigned as Japanese Prime Minister.
    etc.

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