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"A" or "the"?

I am having trouble understanding why I can't use "the" rather than "a" in my English translations.

For example: "balach agus caileag" - MUST this be "a boy and a girl", or can I say "the boy and the girl"? If not, why not?

December 10, 2019

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jim606185

Actually there are a few examples in the Pet section where A' , An and Am are translated as "a". I'll start reporting them.


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    This is because it is only "The boy and the girl" when it has the definite articles: "Am balach agus a' chaileag".

    If there is no definite article before a noun, then it is "A boy and a girl": "Balach agus caileag."


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tha-seo-taghta

    an caileag

    a' chaileag (fem.)


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/goreillaz

    Thank you for your explanation! Very helpful.

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