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Read these sentence: "A small crack appeared on a cocoon. A man sat for hours and watched carefully the struggle of the butterfly to get out of that small crack of cocoon."

Look at the last cocoon. Why doesn't this word get the definite article?

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  • Where is this sentence from? – Andrew Nov 19 '18 at 16:18
  • In the first sentence a is used in front of the noun cocoon. In the second sentence that is used in front of the noun phrase small crack of cocoon. Since there is a pronoun, there is no need for an article. – Jason Bassford Nov 19 '18 at 16:38
  • @Andrew Here is a link to the sentence etranslator.blogfa.com/post/145 – Roh Nov 19 '18 at 16:38
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    @Roh the translator seems to have made a mistake, that's all. There are many mistakes in that passage, so I wouldn't rely on it. – Andrew Nov 19 '18 at 16:42
  • Roh, it looks like you could do a better job with this translation than the translator did. I closed the question, mostly because the word should get the definite article, so I don't see much point in leaving this question open. – J.R. Nov 19 '18 at 16:49