Some adjectives go with certain prepositions. There is no real pattern – you need to learn them as you meet them. 

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Be keen on something,be responsible for

Which article can be used in the following sentence.

Ques. : I had ........ one eyed parrot as my pet

Kindly explain if both a and the can be used.

Thanks in advance.
Pankaj Tiwari

Hello ptiwari2ki,

Both 'a' and 'the' work here; 'a' if you've never talked about a one-eyed parrot before and 'the' if you already have. See our determiners section for an in-depth explanation of this, with examples and exercises.

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Kirk
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Hello Kirk,
Thanks for the reply.

In fact, I have seen the following multiple choice question in IEO (International English Olympiad) for Class 2 recently, on which I seek an expert opinion.

FOR QUESTIONS 32 AND 32, CHOOSE THE MOST SUITABLE WORD TO FILL IN THE BLANKS.
32: I had ................................ one eyed parrot as my pet.
A. the B. an C. a

33. The train runs ........................... .
A. quick B. good C. fast

Regarding Question No. 32, kindly give your views on suitability of options A. & C. Is the use of definite article \the\ can be suitably justified keeping in view the parrot being referred is a particular/specific one ( = that is with one eye) and not just any parrot (in general).

Kindly enlighten.

Awaiting your reponse

Pankaj Tiwari

Hello Pankaj,

I'm afraid we don't comment on other organisations' published materials out of professional courtesy. The organisation which is responsible for these exams should be able to answer such questions.

 

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Peter

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Q: professor xyz was a scholar__ refute. (fill in the gap)
a. in b. of c. after d. by
i couldn't answer the question in an exam. even i did not understand what this sentence is trying to say. please answer. thank you.

Hello shakir rahman,

The answer here is 'of repute'. It means that the person had a reputation - in other words that they were famous for what they do.

 

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Peter

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Yes sir, I did but I couldn't find the answer.
Thank you.
Best regards
Srilal

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