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Re: CHAT: Definite/Indefinite Article Distinction

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Monday, September 16, 2002, 18:51
Christophe Grandsire wrote:
> >En réponse à Joe <joe@...>: > > > > > In that case, english has 3 articles 'a/an', 'the' and 'some'. > > > >Not really. 'Some' isn't as much used as the articles 'a/an' and 'the', and >certainly not comparable to the frequency of use of the partitive article >in >French. But it's true that it's quite comparable to a plural version of >'a/an', >and we are taught in France that it works like French plural article 'des' >or >the partitive article, just not used as often.
Don't "some" indicate a fairly small number of whatever one's talking about? It does to this L2 speaker, at any rate ... If so, it's a paucal indefinite article, if an article at all. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Chat with friends online, try MSN Messenger:


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