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mishaky
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I have a dream?

Post by mishaky » Wed Dec 26, 2018 9:18 pm

Hey.
I read a speech "I have a dream" by Martin Luther King Jr today.
https://www.americanrhetoric.com/speech ... adream.htm
Maybe someone can help me with question. Why does he use only the indefinite article throughout the text?(not I have the dream) And what does he mean when use only article "a"?

jonathanrace
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Re: I have a dream?

Post by jonathanrace » Sat Dec 29, 2018 12:59 pm

We would use 'the' when we want to imply that it is a dream that is already known.

Usually we could use 'a' the first time when mentioning a dream that we had and then use 'the' after this.

"Last night I had a dream. In the dream I was flying."

It's a bit different with this speech though. Using 'a' repeatedly can be used for emphasis.

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justinhorn
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Re: I have a dream?

Post by justinhorn » Thu Jan 03, 2019 11:07 am

Wow! This is very interesting. A great explanation, by the way. I wasn't even thinking in such a way. Thanks!

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