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  1. A STEINWAY intimately connects artist and listener, and invites its owner to join a tradition of musical perfection, making it an invaluable investment.
  2. A STEINWAY intimately connects an artist and a listener, and invites its owner to join a tradition of musical perfection, making it an invaluable investment.
  3. A STEINWAY intimately connects artists and listeners, and invites its owner to join a tradition of musical perfection, making it an invaluable investment.

I am confused about which form will the words artist and listener should take? What are the differences.

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    You missed out the relatively common permutation ...connects the artist and the listener - and the relatively uncommon (but still perfectly valid) plural version ...connects the artists and the listeners. Effectively these are all stylistic choices. See the earlier question The confusion between “The” or “A” article for more background. – FumbleFingers Aug 23 at 12:58
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The first sentence appears in the piano manufacturer's and suppliers' literature and I think it is a stylistic choice.

The third sentence works quite well and is grammatically correct.

Your second sentence seems vague, as if it won't attract much of an audience.

But the first sentence is for advertising, and was perhaps chosen to be direct and punchy. The nouns "artist" and "listener" are used almost like proper names, and it generates more of a sense of immediacy, of perfomance, which is what the product is for.

  • If I, not the lauded brand, write such a sentence in an exam, will I be punished for poor command of English grammar? Or will I be given extra credits for being stylish? – Mike Philip Aug 23 at 12:56
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    Well, unless you are asked to write advertising copy... I would use your third sentence. – Weather Vane Aug 23 at 12:57

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