Sorry to bother you with that again but I can’t still accept the indefinite article in the cases like this: “I think they will find things tough on Monday night against a West Brom team that are on the up.”
–Why always referring to teams? Could you give any examples other than that?
I wonder if you could somehow compare it with the ‘a’ used when naming a day of the week but not referring to any particular one, like:
I was born on a Thursday.
Could I come over on a Saturday sometime?
(Just one Thursday\ Saturday from an endless string of them).
Welcome, Eugene. I have given a thought to what is indicated within parentheses. You are right when you say ‘a Thursday’ is just any one Thursday from the string of endless Thursdays. But I don’t think we can liken it to ‘a West Brom team’, which could be something like ‘a 2015 Thursday’. Do you agree?
When making comparison to days of the week, I was just trying to create any meaningful analogy to myself, my language having no articles.
At first reading, you think you would nicely do without any article in the sentence. You feel something missing. Then you read it with ‘the’ and it sounds like ‘that specific WB team” [one of many WB teams, implying others could be on their way down].
Which brings us to the accepting the ‘a’ as the meaningful option.
Things like that you need to comprehend in order to use them correctly. What you can’t fully understand, you have to accept. I would be keeping my eye on it anyway…
Is that the Royal ‘we’, Anglophile? Perhaps you have tried summoning someone to provide an opinion.
You appear rather desperate to find a way of not accepting what I say, despite the fact that I have not disagreed with your post in #2.
Yes, you could also use ‘a’ there. In each case, if you change ‘a’ to ‘the’ you would need to change the following phrase
against a West Brom/Baggies team that are on the up
against the West Brom/Baggies team as they are on the up