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Which article should I have used?

Postby DanielM » Sat Oct 30, 2004 7:22 pm

Hi, could you please tell me which articles should I have used in the following sentences?
1. They called for a/the release of hostages.
2. The Department of Justice has requested a/the withdrawal of the publication.
3. It would be desirable to organize a/the redistribution of wealth on a worldwide scale.
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Postby Alan » Sun Oct 31, 2004 12:00 pm

1. Either possible, but 'the' more probable.

2. 'The'. (Withdrawal of a particular publication can occur only once.)

3. Either possible.

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