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Definition of "a"
« on: June 22, 2009, 03:18:08 AM »
My husband gave me this challenge as we were driving to church this evening: define "a" without using it ('cause, you know, it's a bad definition when you use the word your defining in the definition)

This is what I came up with: An English Language single letter descriptor of quantity (one) for people, places, and things

So I got to wondering what you guys could come up with?  :D  Oh, and apparently it has to be grammatically correct.
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Re: Definition of "a"
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2009, 07:31:57 AM »
"That is the English word for the indefinite article when used before nouns starting with consonants.  For nouns starting with vowels (or mute h's), the form 'an' is preferable."

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Re: Definition of "a"
« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2009, 11:26:07 PM »
Aaaand . . . Jade takes the pie.
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Re: Definition of "a"
« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2009, 11:32:03 PM »
... Or the cake. ;)
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Re: Definition of "a"
« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2009, 11:40:18 PM »
Naw. Taking a cake would be a bad thing, not a good thing.  ::)
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Re: Definition of "a"
« Reply #5 on: June 26, 2009, 09:24:43 AM »
A (ā) Indefinite article preceding words which begin with consonants as the first vocalized letter.

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Re: Definition of "a"
« Reply #6 on: June 26, 2009, 10:28:41 AM »
Nah, 'says here you're a "failed missionary".  So I guess you failed.
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Re: Definition of "a"
« Reply #7 on: June 27, 2009, 07:59:11 PM »
No pie for you, my friend.
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