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playing a/the flute

 
 
Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2008 09:07 am
The boy is playing a/the flute.

Which article should I use?

Many thanks.
 
contrex
 
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Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2008 10:07 am
@tanguatlay,
Either.

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DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2008 10:10 am
@tanguatlay,
I think we need to know the context.

"I see a boy. The boy is playing a flute."

"I see a flute. A boy is playing the flute."

"I see a flute and a boy. The boy is playing the flute."

"I know a boy. He plays the flute."

contrex
 
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Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2008 02:19 pm
@DrewDad,
Note that "the flute" can mean a particular flute, or that class of musical instruments known as flutes.
DrewDad
 
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Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2008 02:21 pm
@contrex,
Thus, "I know a boy. He plays the flute."
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JTT
 
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Reply Thu 14 Aug, 2008 06:51 pm
@tanguatlay,
Did ya get all the nuances that DD and Contrex pointed out, Tanguatlay?
tanguatlay
 
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Reply Wed 20 Aug, 2008 01:51 pm
@JTT,
Hi JTT

I didn't know that, what I thought was a simple question turns out to be quite a difficult one.
JTT
 
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Reply Sat 23 Aug, 2008 10:22 pm
@tanguatlay,
If you saw the flow chart [that we all have within our mental grammars] that determines article use, you'd be very impressed. There's a book called "Three Little Words; A, An, The". It's a very [VERY] detailed description of how and why we use articles.
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