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    a vs the

    1) John is the professor of English at ABC University.
    2) John is a professor of English at ABC University.


    Does the first sentence mean that there is only one English professor at ABC University and John is the one? Does the second sentence imply that there are more than one professor at ABC University and John is one of them? And what if we omitted the article altogether? What would that mean?

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    Re: a vs the

    Quote Originally Posted by daemon99 View Post
    1) John is the professor of English at ABC University.
    2) John is a professor of English at ABC University.


    Does the first sentence mean that there is only one English professor at ABC University and John is the one? Yes. Does the second sentence imply that there is more than one professor at ABC University and John is one of them? Yes. And what if we omitted the article altogether? What would that mean? It would mean the same as 1/.
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