What's the cause to use 'the' in this sentence? ''BRIAN ROBESON stared out THE(1) window of THE(2) small plane at the endless green northern wilderness below. It was a small plane, a Cessna 406.'' If we google it, we'll find out that Cessna 406 has more that one window. Since it's the beginning of a book, we aren't familiar with the nouns too. It seems as though it should be 'a' in both cases. It's not in alignment with the rules. It might be ''BRIAN ROBESON stared out THE front window of a small plane'' or something but not how it goes in the original sentence.
Nov 7, 2019 8:13 PM
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Consider these cases: - The sun is shining. (the only sun) - The airport is closed due to bad weather. (the only airport of interest - the closest airport) - It's hot. Please open the door. (the only door of a small room; the closest door of a large room) - It's hot. Please open a door. (one door of multiple doors) ''BRIAN ROBESON stared out THE window of THE small plane at the endless green northern wilderness below. The meaning as understood by a native speaker: ''BRIAN ROBESON stared out THE window [that was beside him] of THE small plane [that he was flying in] at THE endless green northern wilderness [that was] below.
November 7, 2019
Why is "the" used in this sentence? Why does the author use "the" in this sentence? It's in perfect alignment with the rules of English. Authors use the words they do to convey meaning. The character, Brian, is on one plane beside one window, and using "the" puts the reader in Brian's place. Using "a" would describe the situation from afar.
November 7, 2019
It’s a common use, in English. ‘A’ would be ‘any random window in the plane.’ ‘THE,’ in this case, is understood to mean, ‘the window beside his seat,’ or ‘his’ window in that plane, unless we are told otherwise. But, I agree. It’s confusing.
November 7, 2019
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