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"An advantage of ..." or "The advantage of ..."?


An advantage of ... is that ...
The advantage of ... is that ...
Which is correct?

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Base language: English
Category: Language



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    Both are correct, but they have slightly different meanings. "A" and "The" give different meanings, as you probably know.

    An advantage (=any one of many) of ... is that ...

    The advantage (=the main or only one) of ... is that ...

    "An" refers to any one of several - it is general and vague.
    "The" refers to the main one, or the only one - it is specific.

    Both are correct. Which to use would depend on how many advantages there are.
    If there is one advantage - you would say "The advantage...".
    If there were several advantages, but you were mentioning one of them, you would say "An advantage..."

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