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Need I take an umbrella? Need I take the umbrella? What is the difference between these sentences?

asked Oct 14 '13 at 10:10 Ema Kis New member

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Article an makes it indefinite, you can take any.

Article the makes it to be definite. It may be the one you are previously talking about or some which is known to the listener.

link answered Oct 14 '13 at 13:04 Rahul Gupta Expert

The example "Need I take the umbrella'' is from a grammar book. How can we know which umbrella the speaker has in mind?

Ema KisOct 24 '13 at 13:39

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