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A/the or no article?

 
 
taja
 
Reply Sun 20 May, 2018 01:27 pm
In the sentence below, which form is good and why?

We met AN / THE / NO ARTICLE American actor Robert De Niro.
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roger
 
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Reply Sun 20 May, 2018 02:31 pm
@taja,
Use 'the'. You need the definite article
taja
 
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Reply Mon 21 May, 2018 06:45 am
@roger,
Ok, but I wonder why. Is there any reason for using this one?
izzythepush
 
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Reply Tue 22 May, 2018 09:22 am
@taja,
I'm not in complete agreement with Roger, I think using no article is also acceptable, but I'm with him on not using the indefinite article. Robert De Niro is famous, if it's not the Robert De Niro it's some bozo with a similar name. If you were talking about someone relatively unknown, the indefinite article would be appropriate, but not for someone of De Niro's stature.
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InfraBlue
 
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Reply Tue 22 May, 2018 10:25 am
I think you can also use the indefinite article. It means that, within the category of "American actors," you met one among them, Robert DeNiro.
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