(A/the) gold medal

Discussion in 'English Only' started by Hotmale, Dec 6, 2010.

  1. Hotmale

    Hotmale Senior Member

    Polish
    Hello:)

    Do I need any article in this sentence?

    "He won (a/the) gold medal in 1978."

    Thank you
     
  2. Miss Julie

    Miss Julie Senior Member

    Chicago metro area
    English-U.S.
    It depends...

    He won a gold medal in 1976. (If you want to be nonspecific.)

    He won the gold medal in the triathlon in 1976. (If you want to mention the event.)

    (There were no Olympics in 1978! ;))
     
  3. bibliolept

    bibliolept Senior Member

    Northern California
    AE, Español
    So, use "the" if people already know which specific Olympic event or medal is being discussed.
     
  4. Hotmale

    Hotmale Senior Member

    Polish
    I see :)
    Thanks again, Miss Julie :)
     

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