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“There was a child, and he was fully grown up, and the adult became a cook.”

In this case, is use of “the adult” acceptable?

“A child” and “the adult” mean the same person.

The: denoting one or more people or things already mentioned

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    – JavaLatte
    Jul 27, 2021 at 5:31
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    Like @JavaLatte said in her answer below, it's acceptable, but for what it's worth, in your example here, someone cannot be a child and be grown up at the same time, as your sentence suggests. "There was a child who grew up, and the adult became a cook" is better.
    – gotube
    Jul 27, 2021 at 5:48
  • @gotube, I would look on that sentence as in a literary style. You could easily imagine something like that in the bible.
    – JavaLatte
    Jul 27, 2021 at 5:58
  • @JavaLatte I'm familiar with the bible, and this still feels wrong. Also, unless a learner of English states they're trying to write in a particular literary style, I assume it's a mistake, accidentally similar to that style, but not on purpose.
    – gotube
    Jul 27, 2021 at 6:06
  • @gotube fair comment.
    – JavaLatte
    Jul 27, 2021 at 6:53

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Yes, it is acceptable.

The adult is the same person as the child, just grown up. Because it relates to something that has already been mentioned, you can use the definite article.

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