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    • Join Date: Feb 2009
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    #1

    'a' and 'the' question

    Experts,

    I went out and bought a CD with a giftcard I got for christmas.
    I went out and bought a CD with the giftcard I got for christmas.

    Grammatically speaking, which one is considered to be correct? Or both could be correct?

    Thank you in advance.

  1. #2

    Re: 'a' and 'the' question

    With "the gift card" means you got only one gift card.
    With a gift card, is just giving information to show how you "paid" for the item; or that it was one of a number of gift cards you received.


    • Join Date: Feb 2009
    • Posts: 101
    #3

    Re: 'a' and 'the' question

    Thank you for your quick answer.
    Now I have a further quesiton.

    With "the gift card" means you got only one gift card.
    With a gift card, is just giving information to show how you "paid" for the item; or that it was one of a number of gift cards you received.
    You said that 'a gift card' here means 'one of the many gift cards you received,' but in a case like that one ought to say 'one of the gift cards' instead of 'a gift card' to be grammatically correct? Or both acceptable?

    Hope you can help me again, thank you.


    • Join Date: Jun 2006
    • Posts: 99
    #4

    Re: 'a' and 'the' question

    Both are acceptable.

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