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English grammar help. Grammar questions from ESL learners

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Postby SARDORBEK » Wed Dec 14, 2011 8:54 am

Dear TEACHER!

During a meeting Mr Pickwick observed that ... fame was dear to the heart
of every man.

a) the
b) a
c) -

We know that abstract nouns are commonly used without article with general sense.
We occasionally use the indefinite or definite article with specific meaning.
In this sentence which article ( the or a ) is used? And why?...
Please,could YOU explain the use of proper article --- the or a?

Thanks...
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Postby Alan » Thu Dec 15, 2011 6:32 am

(c).

'A fame' is impossible, and the definite article would be required only in a phrase such as 'the fame that he sought'.
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