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Small Q ; about article
In a handout I have, there is a sentence like this;
Place a T if you think the sentence is true, or an F if you think it is false.

I somehow find this a(n) beforeT(F) redundant. What do you think of this?

Thanks in advance.
May 11, 2020 2:25 PM
Comments · 4
No, the articles aren't redundant.

You could say Write T or Write F without articles, because those would just be letters which you write on the paper.

However, the person who wrote these instructions used the verb place, which suggests that 'T' and 'F' are 'things' that can be moved around to different positions. That's why they have articles.

NB I actually think the choice of the verb 'place' is a little odd, especially as you're not told where to place these letters. I'd have used 'write'.
May 11, 2020
Thanks Liseuse

Aha, write T and place a T! That makes sense :)

May 11, 2020
The pronunciation of "f" is "ef", so it starts with a vowel and the article "a" gets an "n" added.
May 11, 2020
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