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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020 2:57:23 PM
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The short story is often described as one of the most satisfying literary genres, both to read and to write.
https://www.ice.cam.ac.uk/course/creative-writing-introduction-short-story-writing-4
Creative writing: an introduction to short story writing | Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)
Please explain the use of definite article "the" in "the short story..."
I can't see the specific reference to the noun "story"
thar
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:21:44 PM

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This is a category of story. It is not describing an undefined story.
The dolphin is an aquatic mammal
The short story is the hardest type of story to write.

You could use 'a' but you can also use 'the' to mean the category.


You can explain what 'a short story' is.

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A novel is a relatively long work of narrative fiction, normally written in prose form, and which is typically published as a book.


Or you can talk about that category of stories.

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The novel is a genre of fiction, and fiction may be defined as the art or craft of contriving, through the written word, representations of human life that instruct or divert or both

Jigneshbharati
Posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020 4:39:17 PM
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