a something or something

Mack&Mack

Senior Member
Korea & Korean
Hello,

I came across the following sentence while reading something.

In economic terms, an inverstment is a something that generates future profits.

I wonder why there is a before something.

Would it make difference if I leave it out?

In economic terms, an inverstment is something that generates future profits.

Thank you in advance.
 
  • Cathy Rose

    Senior Member
    United States English
    I think that the article a in this sentence makes something more specific.
    "An investment is [any old thing] that generates future profits."
    "An investment is [something specific] that generates future profits."
    I hope that makes sense.
     
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