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The use of artciles - 'A' product or 'The' product?

 
 
Nat093
 
Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2016 04:47 am
Could you tell me please which of the two articles should be used before 'product' in the following:

Compounding (sometimes also called composition) may be defined as a process whereby two or more lexical items (including nouns, adjectives, verbs, and prepositions) are combined to form a new complex word. A/The product of this process is traditionally referred to as a compound.
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contrex
 
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Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2016 04:56 am
There is only one product of the process, so use the definite article 'the'.
Nat093
 
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Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2016 05:02 am
@contrex,
But you can say, for example, that blackbird, greenhouse, pickpocket, etc. are all products of compounding.
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contrex
 
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Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2016 05:09 am
If you are considering the product, use 'a', if you are considering the process, use 'the'.

Nat093
 
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Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2016 05:14 am
@contrex,
Im considering words (in general) produced through the process of compounding.

Then "A product of this process" would be fine?
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contrex
 
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Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2016 05:18 am
Yes.
Nat093
 
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Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2016 05:34 am
@contrex,
Therefore, in the previous version of the definition

"Compounding (sometimes also called composition) may be defined as a process whereby two or more lexical items (including nouns, adjectives, verbs, and prepositions) are combined to form a new complex word. The product, traditionally called a compound, functions grammatically and semantically as a single unit. "

the use of 'the' before 'product' was incorrect? It should be "A product, traditionally called a compound, functions..."?
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PUNKEY
 
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Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2016 07:27 am
I would have used "The result . .."
Nat093
 
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Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2016 08:05 am
@PUNKEY,
So you would write that way?

"Compounding (sometimes also called composition) may be defined as a process whereby two or more lexical items (including nouns, adjectives, verbs, and prepositions) are combined to form a new complex word. The result of this process is traditionally referred to as a compound. "
Nat093
 
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Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2016 08:35 am
@Nat093,
Can I say, for example, "The resulting word is traditionally referred to as a compound"?
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2016 09:26 am
@Nat093,
Yes
Nat093
 
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Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2016 09:32 am
@PUNKEY,
But first you meant that you would use "The result" in this way: "The result of this process is traditionally referred to as a compound", right?
PUNKEY
 
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Reply Sat 24 Dec, 2016 10:11 am
@Nat093,
You asked " Can I say ...."

I told you yes.

Now relax and be calm. The meaning is the same.
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