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The fertile region vs a fertile region Options
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Sunday, September 9, 2018 11:11:55 AM
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I saw the following on Salaam Basmati rice packaging
Finest aromatic Basmati rice from the fertile region of Punjab.
Does "the" modify the noun "region" and "fertile" as an adjective?
Why have they used "the fertile region" and not "a fertile region of Punjab"?
Is it because of "of Punjab" which make the noun region specific?

thar
Posted: Sunday, September 9, 2018 11:26:22 AM

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Yes, I think you have the right idea.

This is really about the meaning of 'of'.
This does not mean 'within' Punjab. That would be a region of Punjab, which can be divided into lots of regions.

It is from Punjab. It is from Punjab, which is a fertile region.

You are specifying which region it is from.
It is not from a region of Punjab, where there are lots of regions

It is from the region called Punjab.
It is from the fertile region of Punjab.

eg
This is from the historic town of York.

There a lots of historic towns, but 'the historic town of York' means the one specific historic town which is called York'. It specifies which town, so it takes a definite article.

In the same way, this specifies which region - it might mean Punjab the region, not just the modern state.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Sunday, September 9, 2018 11:47:09 AM
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Thanks.
Would the use of "a" make the sentence ungrammatical?
Would that mean there are more than one fertile regions in Punjab( one of many definition for the use of indefinite)
Or it specifies type of region which is fertile?
NKM
Posted: Sunday, September 9, 2018 8:08:14 PM

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Not ungrammatical.

It would mean that there are multiple regions in Punjab, and this region is one which is fertile. (There may or may not be other fertile regions in Punjab.)

Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, September 10, 2018 1:30:59 AM
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Thanks
thar
Posted: Monday, September 10, 2018 3:32:24 AM

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If you say Thessaloniki is in the Greek region of Macedonia, it means there is a place in Greece which is called Macedonia.

If you say Thessaloniki is in a Greek region of Macedonia, it means there is a part of Macedonia which is in Greece, and the rest is in another country.

On such things are wars fought. It is a very big difference.
Jigneshbharati
Posted: Monday, September 10, 2018 5:31:49 AM
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Great!
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