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What to use - a/an or the?
The indefinite article a/an is used to talk about one particular person or thing when the listener does not know which one is meant.
The definite article is used when the listener knows which particular person or thing is meant.
The first time you speak of something/somebody use a/an, the next time you repeat the same noun use the.
To talk about things in general, we normally use a singular countable noun with a/an.
Note that we can also use a plural noun with no article to make a general statement.
Sometimes we use a singular noun with the to make general statements. This is particularly common before the names of instruments and inventions.
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