|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!