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    The bee is a symbol of diligence.

    Did I use the articles correctly? Is it possible to use 'A bee' and 'the symbol' in this sentence?

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    Re: article

    'the' is correct since the sentence is not referring to a single bee, or a particular bee (which would then also take 'the'), but to 'bees' as a species.

    Probably 'a symbol' is better here, since the bee is not the sole symbol of diligence - ants and beavers are up there too. - though admittedly, the saying is, 'busy as a bee'.

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