A/the accent

(1) I have always wanted to learn an Australian accent.
(2) I have always wanted to learn the Australian accent.
(3) I have always wanted to learn Australian accent.

May I know which sentence is correct?


I would think that #1 and #2 are right.
“An Australian accent” suggests that there are more than one Australian accent and you want to learn one of them.

I would agree that (1) and (2) are correct, but don’t see (1) in the same way. To me, it simply indicates an Australian accent as opposed to any other accent.

Thanks, Our Tort System and Beeesneees.

So Beeeesneees, can we always use ‘the ( ) accent’ and ‘a ( ) accent’ interchangeably? Is there any difference in meaning between them?

They aren’t always interchangeable. They can be context dependent.

Would you mind telling me in what contexts ‘a ( ) accent’ and ‘the ( ) accent’ are used?



The indefinite article ‘a’ (‘an’ before a vowel sound) is really another word for ‘one’ and you can see this here: He speaks with an Australian accent/He walks with a stick. As soon as you define the noun/specify it/say something in particular about it, you have to use the definite article ‘the’ as here:

He speaks with the Australian accent which he learnt as a child when he lived in Australia.

He walks with the stick that he bought when he found difficulty in walking.


Thanks, Alan.

What if it’s used in general? For example, he loves an/the Australian accent.

Should we use ‘an’ instead of ‘the’?

Like the original message, you can use either if that is the only context.

Ok now it makes sense. Thanks a lot.