I know there are innumerable questions about 'articles' on this and other sites on the Internet. I always try to learn them but some or the other way, they play tricks on me. In other words, I am never positive when I use them, in short. If two articles weren't enough to spin my head, the concept of 'zero article' or 'anarthrous' served as another nail in the coffin! :)
At times, I understand them perfectly but sometimes, I commit blunders! I want to solve this once and for all. I thought a lot and then am finally coming up with some sentences that would help clear my (and many others'?) doubts (hopefully).
Help me understand the subtlety of these sentences.
- A crown cork of a bottle
- A crown cork of the bottle
- The crown cork of a bottle
- The crown cork of the bottle
My understanding about those sentences:
- Any crown cork of any bottle (but then is that crown related to that bottle is the question!)
- I'm going to a shop with a bottle in my hand and asking for a crown cork that fits the only bottle in my hand
- There is only one crown cork in front of me. I'm telling that this is the crown cork that can fit any bottle
- The bottle and the crown cork both are right in front of me. That crown cork fits to only that bottle.
Answerers, please mind that I haven't introduced any bottle or crown cork previously! I'm ready for detailed answers. :)