posted by rfvv on .
1. My father reads the newspaper every day.
(What does it mean?
2. My father reads the same newspaper everyday.
3. My father reads a newspaper every day. Does #1 mean #2 or #3? Is 'the newspaper' the generic term? )
"The newspaper" is a generic term. It assumes that it's the same newspaper -- i.e., the local city newspaper.
We don't usually use # 3.
Do you mean that he doesn't read only one (the same) newspaper again and again?
Do you mean that he reads everyday newspaper (different newspaper every day)?
It's not the "same" newspaper over and over. He reads each day's edition of the local city newspaper.
OK. Thank you.
If the father reads the same newspaper again an again, what expressions do we have to use? If he has such a strange habit, what do we say?
We might say that a person who reads the same newspaper again and again is demented or has Alzheimer's disease.
You'd clarify it more. You would say something like:
My father reads the same newspaper every day. By that, I mean the EXACT same paper.
You would say that with a stronger emphasis on "exact."