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English grammar help. Grammar questions from ESL learners

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Postby hanuman_2000 » Mon Oct 25, 2004 4:24 am

Sir,

Some boy or the other has stolen my pen.


This sentence is wrong. Here article "The" with other is wrong

but Why ?
Please make it clear to me.

Thanks.
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Postby Alan » Mon Oct 25, 2004 7:23 am

The appropriate expression is [some NP or other], meaning simply 'some unknown NP'.
'The' never occurs in this construction.
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indefinite pronouns

Postby hanuman_2000 » Mon Oct 25, 2004 1:16 pm

Sir,

I could not understand your short form "NP'.

Please make it clear.

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Postby Alan » Tue Oct 26, 2004 12:11 pm

= noun phrase
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