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Repetition of Articles

English

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Repetition of the Article When Referring to Different Things or Persons

When referring to different things or persons, repetition of the article is required.
For example:

Example 1:
"I have a red and a white bag."
Writing 'a red and white bag' would imply a bag that has both red and white colours, but 'a red and a white bag' implies two different bags.

Example 2:
"The principal and the teacher were present."
Writing 'the principal and teacher' would imply that they are the same person, whereas the current sentence suggests they are different persons.

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Reptition of the Article When Referring to the Same Person or Thing

When referring to the same thing or person, the article does not have to be repeated.
For example:
  1. "Blake is a great poet and painter."
  2. "The Chairman and Treasurer has not yet arrived."

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Repetition of the Article in Comparisons

In making a comparison, the article is repeated if two nouns refer to different persons or things, and the article is not repeated if the two nouns refer to the same persons or things.

For example:
Example 1:
"He is a better mathematician than a novelist."
This means, he is a better mathematician than he is a novelist.

Example 2:
"He is a better mathematician than a novelist."
This means, he makes a better mathematician than a novelist would make.