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Posted by John on Monday, June 23, 2008 at 12:41am.

1. How often do you read books?
2. How often do you read a book?
3. How often do you read the book?

Are the three expressions all the same?
Would you let me know the differences among them?


English - SraJMcGin, Monday, June 23, 2008 at 2:57am
The difference is #1 asks about books, plural. #2 uses "a" which is the indefinite, while #3 uses "the" which is the definite article.

Thank you for your answer.
Do you mean that the three sentences the same?

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    No, I meant that each sentence was different.
    #1 you are asking about "books" plural.
    #2 you are asking about any book (indefinite article).
    #3 you are asking about a specific book with "the" book = definite article.

    Do you understand the difference between the indefinite article = a, an and the definite article = the?

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