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hello, everyone
—— Have you seen___pen? I left it here this morning
—— Is it
___black one? I think I saw it somewhere
Aa the
Bthe the
Cthe a
Da a

The answer is D, but I think at least A is correct.

Best regards.

 
  • AWordLover

    Senior Member
    USA English
    hello, everyone
    —— Have you seen___pen? I left it here this morning
    —— Is it___black one? I think I saw it somewhere
    Aa the
    Bthe the
    Cthe a
    Da a

    The answer is D, but I think at least A is correct.

    Best regards.
    This is a terrible question.
    D is right. [General context, some undistinguished pen, oh it's black]
    A is right. [See any pens, oh the one I want is black]
    C is right. [In my kitchen I keep one pen, which gets moved around and replaced, the current one's black.]
     

    Starbuck

    Senior Member
    USA/English
    hello, everyone
    —— Have you seen___pen? I left it here this morning
    —— Is it___black one? I think I saw it somewhere
    Aa the
    Bthe the
    Cthe a
    Da a

    The answer is D, but I think at least A is correct.

    Best regards.
    There are a number of contexts in which "a" or "the" would work in this dialogue. However, because Person A adds "I left it here this morning," the first question would probably be:
    Have you seen my pen? I left it here this morning?

    For Person B, who perhaps saw a black pen, the question could be:

    Is it black? I think I saw it somewhere.
    or
    Is it a black pen? I think I saw it somewhere.
    or
    Is it the black pen that I saw earlier?

    They are all possibilities.

    Starbuck :)
     
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