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D00M
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:31:06 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

How would the meaning change if it were "a part" in the following?

More than 500 years ago the ancestors of Navajo people left the cold northern region that is now part of western Canada and Alaska and migrated South to what is now the southwestern part of the United States.



The custom of speaking is the original and only just standard of any language. Joseph Priestly- Rudiments of EG, 1761.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:43:10 AM

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It would not make any difference - to my mind, they mean exactly the same.

Of course, you could not use 'a' with the second 'part' because it already has a definite article - "the southwestern part of . . ."

As a note, "the" is part of the name "The United States of America", and really should have a capital letter. I don't know how strictly this is followed in the states, when they write "The USA" or "The United States".


Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
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