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Article "a" or "the" ?

 
 
Reply Thu 16 Aug, 2012 06:58 pm
Hi everybody!

Why do we always use an indefinite article "a" before the word lie while necessarily definite article "the" before the word truth?
Thanks a million!
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Reply Thu 16 Aug, 2012 07:54 pm
@carolgreen876,
Always not the case. Definite article "the" or indefinite "a" can be used with truth or lie.
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 11:50 am
@carolgreen876,
Carol that’s really a good q and Unique observation

Try this:

http://www.google.ca/#hl=en&gs_nf=1&pq=article%20why%20a%20lie%20but%20the%20truth&cp=9&gs_id=dw&xhr=t&q=definite+article+why+a+lie+but+the+truth&pf=p&sclient=psy-ab&oq=definite+article+why+a+lie+but+the+truth&gs_l=&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=c202ea380386335d&biw=1588&bih=857





dalehileman
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 12:22 pm
@dalehileman,
And Carol please let me know if you have any luck. For the life of me I’m never able to find the phrase in a document that’s quoted in the excerpt
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dalehileman
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 01:23 pm
@carolgreen876,
Could t be because “a truth” conveys a subconscious implication that some of the cognate assertions might might be lies
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Reply Mon 20 Aug, 2012 11:46 am
@dalehileman,
I’d considered euphonics inasmuch as “It’s the lie” is more of tongue twister than “It’s a lie;” but then “It’s a truth” is easier than "It’s the truth”

Or maybe some combination of factors—yes, subtle
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