I have done some of my own research on this but have yet to find something absolutely concrete to pin down my dilemma. What affect does use of the definite article 'the' have on the word 'establishment'? How does that compare to using the indirect article 'an'? The word establishment in its most common usages has two different meanings. It can mean the act, instance or condition of establishing/being established OR it can refer to an organization, place, institution or entity. From what I have researched on the use of definite and indefinite articles it would appear that when we use the definite article 'the' before the word 'establishment' we mean to use the word one of two ways. We are either referring to something very specific or possibly already referenced previously in the text or we can use it in the abstract sense as the act, instance or condition of establishing. When we use the indefinite article 'an' before the word we mean a place, organization, institution or entity of some kind. Is there really a clear cut way to determine the correct usage/definition of the word 'establishment' dependent upon which article, either definite or indifinite, is used before the word?