Normally, the adjective "main" is used to mean "the most important", but can I also use it to mean "one of the most important" if preceded by an indefinite article?

For example:

That area was a main marketplace in Rome. (one of the most important)


No, you don't use the indefinite article "a" before the adjective main if you want to use it to mean "most important". The correct sentence is:

That area was the main marketplace in Rome.

However, if there are more such marketplaces, you can say:

That area was one of the main marketplaces in Rome.

  • You could also say, "That area was a major marketplace in Rome," since major means "important" without the superlative sense of main. – Canadian Yankee Nov 30 '17 at 16:04
  • @CanadianYankee, Yes, we can. – Khan Nov 30 '17 at 17:42

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