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Why indefinite?

Unread postby rowan » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:50 am

I'm marking a students homework and have come across the phrase "the increased chances of the local extinction for this specie" and I'm having trouble with "the local extinction" as I think it sounds more natural to say "a local extinction of this species" but I can't explain why. This is talking about a specific event so I want to say it should be 'the' but my heart says indefinite. Any help? Cheers
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Re: Why indefinite?

Unread postby Joe » Mon Nov 20, 2017 7:54 am

Maybe with "local" the indefinite article is possible since you can indeed have multiple local extinctions as opposed to only one global extinction. But depending on your viewpoint (geographically - are you looking at THIS locality or many?) the definite article might also be possible. Hard to say without more context.

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