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salam alikum

in english there are alot of expression where the use of the article is difficult to explain , so  ihave to learn them , one of this phrases that mentioned  in my english book "play the piano" is that true? 

and please what's the correct alternative of this sentences 

our new music teacher is very gifted , he plays a violin/the violin/violin very well

asked Apr 03 '13 at 21:44 sameh New member

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It is not as simple as Sanjay suggests.  Sentences with or without the definitive article the are acceptable, but some people believe they have slightly different nuances.  Without the, the sentence expresses the feeling of playing with a group or orchestra.  For example, At the recital last week I played the violin but In my high school band I played trumpet. 

link comment answered Apr 04 '13 at 13:53 Shawn Mooney Expert

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