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    use of 'a' and 'the'

    Hi,

    Which one of the following sentences is more appropriate? Also, if possible, please explain in what cirumstances the less appropriprate one would become more relevant.

    1. The bid is valid for the one year period between September 26, 2008 and September 25, 2009.

    2. The bid is valid for a one year period between September 26, 2008 and September 25, 2009.

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    MG.


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    Re: use of 'a' and 'the'

    This is a difficult issue. Here are my suggestions.

    1. The bid is valid for the one year period between September 26, 2008 and September 25, 2009.

    The refers to the specific period of time mentioned (one year).

    2. The bid is valid for a one year period between September 26, 2008 and September 25, 2009.

    A refers to a period of time (again one year): however it doesn't refer to the specific period mentioned, but instead indicates 1 year as a general unit of time. It can be thought of as a generic referrence.

    For instance

    A year is a long time (generic).

    We have lived here for a year (specific).


    I am not a teacher.
    Last edited by colloquium; 26-Sep-2008 at 16:11.

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    Re: use of 'a' and 'the'

    colloquium,

    Thanks. Still I don't think I really understand this.


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    Re: use of 'a' and 'the'

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    colloquium,

    Thanks. Still I don't think I really understand this.
    The two sentences mean, essentially, exactly the same thing: they would both be understood in exactly the same way, and the differences I have identifed (rightly or wrongly) are very subtle.

    My advice is to keep reading about articles and pay attention to their use when you come across them.

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    Re: use of 'a' and 'the'

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi,

    Which one of the following sentences is more appropriate? Also, if possible, please explain in what cirumstances the less appropriprate one would become more relevant.


    1. The bid is valid for the one year period between September 26, 2008 and September 25, 2009.

    2. The bid is valid for a one year period between September 26, 2008 and September 25, 2009.

    Thanks,

    MG.
    I would use the because it is a specific one year period, but I would say '...from September 26, 2008 to September 25, 2009.'

    If I were to use a, I would put a comma after period. It would be like saying '...valid for a one year period, that is the one from.......to.......'.
    Last edited by 2006; 27-Sep-2008 at 05:46. Reason: correct typo

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