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article + noun + conjunction + [article 2] + noun 2

Should we use [article 2] and in what situation?

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If article 2 and article one are the same, then don't repeat it.

Example 1: The dog and cat are friends.

Not: The dog and the cat are friends.

Example 2: The dog and a cat are friends.
Basically, it is a known thing and an unknown.

Another example of when to use both: Did you have the leftover soup for dinner? Yes, I had the soup and a salad.

  • Do adjectives change something? – Dirty Hippy Aug 28 '16 at 11:32
  • "The black dog and white cat are friends?" is correct? And "The black dog and the white cat are friends?" - is not? – Dirty Hippy Aug 28 '16 at 11:40
  • They are both equal in meaning and both are correct. As a native speaker I would drop the second article but either is correct and understandable. – Casey Aug 29 '16 at 1:55

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