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    Should I use "a" or "the"? ^_^

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by vanilla16, Mar 14, 2012.

    Naruto is the satire of Team 7.
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    Naruto is a satire of Team 7.

    BTW, a satire is something that shows the weaknesses or wrong-doings of something, right?
     
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    is there only one satire on the team ?

    Satire tends to be more comedic - I think you may want: Naruto is Team 7's satirist.
     
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    since 'naruto' is an anime series, if you're saying that it satirizes another series, then the 'a' version is correct...
     
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    LOL thanks Mammamaia that makes a lot more sense.
     
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    I've always used "a" if there are/could be more than one and "the" if I'm referring to a specific one. In this case, if there are several satires floating around, I'd use "a". If Naruto is the only satire of Team 7, I'd use "the".
     
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    How could you ever know whether someone else has ever wriite, or could eventually write, another satire of a given work, even if it's a satire never shared by the aouthor with anyone else.

    The only way I could see the definite article being used is if the statement is further qualified in a way that permits no ambiguity:

     
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    Sometimes you do, sometimes you don't. Which is why in this case I would use "a" - because one doesn't know if there's another. Using another example, someone is in a room full of chairs. They pick "a" chair to sit in; they are then sitting in "the" chair.
     

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