A rubber dam / the rubber dam

Gabriele8512

Senior Member
Italian - Italy
Hello!


Could anyone, please, say to me which phrase sounds better?


Imagine someone asking you this question:


Does your dentist use a rubber dam?

Does your dentist use the rubber dam?


I'm having doubts about the correct usage of the article in this case.



Looking forward to reading all your comments



Thanks!



G.
 
  • Egmont

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    There are many rubber dams. The person doesn't care which one the dentist uses. Therefore, "a."

    If you wanted to know about one specific rubber dam, you could ask "Does your dentist use the rubber dam on top of the pile, or the one on the bottom?"
     

    Gabriele8512

    Senior Member
    Italian - Italy
    There are many rubber dams. The person doesn't care which one the dentist uses. Therefore, "a."

    If you wanted to know about one specific rubber dam, you could ask "Does your dentist use the rubber dam on top of the pile, or the one on the bottom?"

    Great!



    This is EXACTLY what I wanted to you know.

    By the way, I'm very interested in dentistry.



    Thanks

    ;)


    G.
     
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