appositive: a or the?

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Takahero

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Japanese
Hello.

I wonder which is correct to use, "a" or "the" in the follwong sentence.

a. David M. Harper, the world famous architect, made a plan to build a new park.
b. David M. Harper, a world-famous architect, made a plan to build a new park.

If both are possible, what is the difference?

Thank you.
 
  • stultissimus

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    Hebrew
    I believe that the first version assumes that the intended readers already know that there is a famous guy called Harper, and they only need to learn now that it's the same Harper who made the plan. The second version assumes they have never heard of Harper.
     
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