The local shop---The big supermarket

Tara2

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Hi
Why is 'the' used? I think that it should be 'a' used.

"In those days, you could buy everything in the local shop. Now we have to go to the big supermarket for everything."
 

GoesStation

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The indefinite article is possible in both sentences. The definite article puts a specific local shop and supermarket into the reader's mind, making the statement more personal.
 
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