Do you turn off the lights when you leave the/a room?

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brian&me

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Chinese - China
Hi, everyone,

How green are you? Answer these questions an find out.

Do you walk or ride a bike to school?

Do you buy new clothes just because they are modern?

Do you turn off the lights when you leave the room?
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(This is the very beginning of a passage from a textbook by Macmillan)

I wonder if the last sentence should be rewritten like this:

Do you turn off the lights when you leave a room?

Thanks a lot in advance.
 
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  • natkretep

    Moderato con anima (English Only)
    English (Singapore/UK), basic Chinese
    I'm happy with 'the room' as well, in the same way that someone might talk about 'the bathroom' (even though there are several in a house) or 'the station' (even though there might be more than one in the area) to refer to a certain kind of place. (I think I prefer 'the room' to 'a room'.)
     
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