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" a nice smile" - indefinite article question

 
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always learning



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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 1:19 pm    Post subject: " a nice smile" - indefinite article question Reply with quote

Hello:

I was asked why we use "a" when saying, for example, "That person has a nice smile" instead of "That person has nice smile."

I looked up the rules for using the indefinite article "a" and thought the rule of using it to introduce new people or things might apply (but using "the" afterwards wouldn't apply in this case).

What's your opinion?
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alawton



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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2011 5:46 pm    Post subject: Question Reply with quote

I get asked this question by my Spanish speakers because many times they omit the article. You are talking about the "smile" it is a noun. We use articles before a noun.

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