[Grammar] The/A radio

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In the "Grammar English in Use unit 70" is said that for "radio" we must use "the", I want question that must we use "the" for all cases ? is below sentence correct?
I've got the radio?
 

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In [STRIKE]the[/STRIKE] "Grammar English in Use, unit 70" [STRIKE]is said[/STRIKE] it says that for "radio" we must use "the". I want to question that. Must we use "the" for all cases? Is the sentence below [STRIKE]sentence[/STRIKE] correct?

I've got the radio.

Please note that I have changed your thread title. You used "<The><A> country". I have no idea why the arrows were there, nor the word "country". It has nothing to do with your thread.

See my corrections above.

"I've got the radio" is a perfectly acceptable sentence but so is "I've got a radio". I will be very surprised if that book suggests you have to use "the" with "radio" every time you write/say it. That seems very unlikely and it's completely incorrect.
Are you sure that it doesn't say that you have to use it in a specific scenario, presumably the one given in the book?
 

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Please note that I have changed your thread title. You used "<The><A> country". I have no idea why the arrows were there, nor the word "country". It has nothing to do with your thread.

See my corrections above.

"I've got the radio" is a perfectly acceptable sentence but so is "I've got a radio". I will be very surprised if that book suggests you have to use "the" with "radio" every time you write/say it. That seems very unlikely and it's completely incorrect.
Are you sure that it doesn't say that you have to use it in a specific scenario, presumably the one given in the book?
Thank you for your correction.
that book says "the radio", and give the sample below.
I listen to the radio a lot.
 

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Thank you for your corrections.
[STRIKE]that[/STRIKE] The book says "the radio" (no comma here) [STRIKE]and give[/STRIKE] must be used in the [STRIKE]sample[/STRIKE] example sentence below.

I listen to the radio a lot.

Aha! Now it makes sense. In that specific context, "the radio" is obligatory. When we are talking about the medium of communication used, we do use the definite article.

I listen to the radio every day.
He watches the television twice a week. (Note that it's also possible to use no article there.)
I read the newspaper to find out the financial news.

If you are simply talking about the piece of equipment, "radio", then all the articles are possible.

I have a red radio.
There is a radio in this room. Can you see the radio?
I have owned six radios.
There were ten televisions and lots of radios in the shop window.
 

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Aha! Now it makes sense. In that specific context, "the radio" is obligatory. When we are talking about the medium of communication used, we do use the definite article.

I listen to the radio every day.
He watches the television twice a week. (Note that it's also possible to use no article there.)
I read the newspaper to find out the financial news.

If you are simply talking about the piece of equipment, "radio", then all the articles are possible.

I have a red radio.
There is a radio in this room. Can you see the radio?
I have owned six radios.
There were ten televisions and lots of radios in the shop window.

Thank you for your useful help.
Aha! is Persian!:shock:
 

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Thank you for your useful help.

Aha! is Persian! :shock:

You're welcome but remember that there is no need to write a new post to say "Thank you". Simply click on the "Thank" button in the bottom left-hand corner of any post you find useful. It saves time for everyone.

I think a lot of languages use some form of "Aha!"
 
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