[Grammar] What is the different between "the" and "a"

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dennietrieu

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What is the different between "the" and "a" in this sentence:

I'm not a big fat panda. I'm the big fat panda.
 

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What is the difference between "the" and "a" in this sentence:

I'm not a big fat panda. I'm the big fat panda.

I'm not a big fat panda.
Possibilities:
1. There are several big fat pandas - you're one of them.

I'm the big fat panda.
Possibilities:
1. You're the only big fat panda.
2. Someone is looking for a specific big fat panda and thinks it is you.

I hope I understood your question correctly.
Anyway I'm sure there are more and better explanations, but I must go out now.

Cheers!
 

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If these two sentences are used together, they convey a very specific meaning..........

I'm not (just) a big fat panda.
I'm the big fat panda!

............ is saying, "You may see me as just any old big fat panda, but I'm really the biggest fattest panda you'd ever wish to meet."

It's a bit like, "This isn't a film of the 21st century, it's the film of the 21st century!"


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A and the both mean "one." But 'a' means any one, and "the" means a special one which is known to both the speaker and listener.
 
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