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Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Sunday, January 6, 2019 9:13:09 AM

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Which article to use?

I don't know how to say it in English but there is the verb for it in Russian.

If there is only ONE verb for something in Russian, should I use "the verb" or "a verb" in that sentence?
Audiendus
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:09:39 AM
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Ivan Fadeev wrote:
I don't know how to say it in English but there is the verb for it in Russian.

If there is only ONE verb for something in Russian, should I use "the verb" or "a verb" in that sentence?


"A verb", because the actual verb is not specified.
palapaguy
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 12:40:38 AM

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Audiendus wrote:
Ivan Fadeev wrote:
I don't know how to say it in English but there is the verb for it in Russian.

If there is only ONE verb for something in Russian, should I use "the verb" or "a verb" in that sentence?


"A verb", because the actual verb is not specified.


You can't learn English while applying foreign language grammar rules. Use English grammar rules.
thar
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:09:46 AM

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Generally, 'there is' takes the indefinite article.
'Such a thing exists'.

There is a verb...

You could have the definite article if you specify it
The verb in Russian is.....

Or you could possibly have a definite article if you use another sentence construction.

The verb exists in Russian.
(indirectly specified - the verb we have just been talking about)
Ivan Fadeev
Posted: Tuesday, January 15, 2019 1:14:00 AM

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palapaguy wrote:
Audiendus wrote:
Ivan Fadeev wrote:
I don't know how to say it in English but there is the verb for it in Russian.

If there is only ONE verb for something in Russian, should I use "the verb" or "a verb" in that sentence?


"A verb", because the actual verb is not specified.


You can't learn English while applying foreign language grammar rules. Use English grammar rules.

I didn't apply foreign language grammar rules. It's impossible in this case. Because there are no articles in Russian. It was more a logical conclusion.
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