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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Linguistic Exercise

Take this poem by Frost and, without consulting any secondary source, explain the use of definite and indefinite articles (or their omission), in the following noun phrases:  "a crow" "the dust of snow" "a hemlock tree" "a change of mood" "some part of a day I had rued." Write out a set of rules that a person learning English as a second language could apply to know how to use these articles. 

The way a crow 
Shook down on me 
The dust of snow 
From a hemlock tree 

Has given my heart 
A change of mood 
And saved some part 
Of a day I had rued.

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