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A love story vs the love story Options
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 9:41:48 AM
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A love story in Bollywood that redefines cinema happens only once in a while, and you would be fortunate to be a teenager at the right time when such a love story releases.

https://m.rediff.com/movies/report/dhadak-trailer-review-janhvi-and-ishaan-are-fabulous/20180611.htm

Why have they used an article "a" before "love story" even though it has been modified by "that redefines....?"
thar
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 10:14:21 AM

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Because it is describing it - not defining it. There is more than one such love story - they happen once on a while, and you would be lucky to be a teenager when one comes out.

It is not specifying which one.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 10:48:54 AM
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ABAH DOUGLAS
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 11:24:31 AM

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A love story can be told to someone who has not heard of that story but when the word "the" is then used, it describes a story familiar to both persons.
leonAzul
Posted: Monday, June 11, 2018 12:11:24 PM

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ABAH DOUGLAS wrote:
A love story can be told to someone who has not heard of that story but when the word "the" is then used, it describes a story familiar to both persons.


I hear the difference differently.

To describe a work as "a" love story would indicate to me that it is one among a class of other love stories with its own particular merits and flaws.

To describe a work as "the" love story would be ambiguous. That could either mean that the story is the epitome or best example of a story about love, or it could just be a convenient grammatical parallelism with the word "that".

In an apparently oxymoronic way, the use of the indefinite article "a" actually reinforces the significance of the defining conjunction "that".


"Make it go away, Mrs Whatsit," he whispered. "Make it go away. It's evil."
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