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The Teacher comes with a book attached to his head to learn balance, patience & shielding his brain from the negative energies produced in the class to weaken his brain muscle.

Student — The definite article “the” is often put when we talk about location of something. But sometimes it doesn’t work.

For example:
Let me hang your coat on A hook?
Or
We hung our jackets on hangers.
Are there any regularities in the exceptions?

Teacher — While there are certainly many exceptions in how articles are used, I would not recommend trying to find rules about articles based on ideas such as location. As the explanation above suggests, in most cases, it has to do with whether the noun they are used with has been mentioned heretofore in the conversation. Whether a noun is singular or plural is also significant.

In this case, ‘the hook’ is also a possible form, but by saying ‘a hook’, the speaker is probably showing that no one has mentioned hanging the jackets on a hook yet. In the case of ‘on hangers’, ‘on the hangers’ is also possible, but not ‘on a hangers’ since ‘hangers is plural.

Now, I hope your Jackets & Coats find the right place whilst conversing instead of the dumpster.

Student — When you write down THE meaning of word you should write like this — Why do I have to use The here?

Teacher — The is needed because the meaning of a word is defined in this context. This is a specific meaning not any other meaning. The phrase of a word determines which meaning is referred to in the sentence.

We often use the before phrases — the front of the building; the head of government; the start of the flick.

THE essence of my message is registered. I hope this sentence brings clarity to my argument.

Student — Swelling is a place on your body that has become larger or rounder than normal as the result of an illness or injury

Could I say ‘as a result of’ instead of ‘as the result’?

I see my role as being a catalyst for change. — The riots were later seen as the catalyst for the new political developments.

What is the difference between “a catalyst” and “the catalyst” here?

Teacher — ‘A’ suggests that there are multiple items and you are describing one. ‘The’ suggests that there is only one item, or that other items can be ignored or disregarded.

Both forms are possible.

If you say a catalyst then you are implying that there are multiple catalysts and you are describing one of them. If you say the catalyst then you are suggesting that there is only one catalyst.

Seeing your role as a catalyst in this world and understanding what it means should be apparent as a grain of salt and sugar are both catalysts. Depend on what you’re going to be?

Laurel & Hardy Comedian Pranksters

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