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From:Adrian Morgan <morg0072@...>
Date:Tuesday, May 22, 2001, 7:27
I was pondering the definite article.

Consider this. If I said that my waist measurement in centimetres is my year
of birth minus the nineteen (minus definite article nineteen), that's
seventy-seven centimetres. But if I said it was my year of birth minus
nineteen (without the definite article), that would be one thousand nine
hundred and fifty-eight centimetres.

The humble "the" is more powerful than we give it credit for!



John Cowan <cowan@...>