An abbey near an abattoir is the abode of the monks.

I have checked it via QuillBot that had marked 'an' as a mistake.

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    "An abode" suggests one of many. Do the monks have several places where they live?
    – Peter
    Feb 7, 2023 at 9:38
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    "The abode of" someone is "the place where they live" - similarly, "the home of". Feb 7, 2023 at 9:52
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    It would be 'an' (indefinite article) abode of the monks if the monks have more than one abode (or home) and this is one of them, and it would be 'the' (definite article) abode of the monks if it is the only abode of the monks. Feb 7, 2023 at 10:19
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    Countable, common nouns usually have an article. There are countless questions about this matter on the site, have a search and you'll find the answer.
    – Astralbee
    Feb 7, 2023 at 10:38
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    People with a Cyrillic background often seem to have trouble with articles. Feb 7, 2023 at 11:28

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If the monks had multiple different abodes, then "an abode" would be correct. However, it seems likely that the monks have only one abode, since they are assigned to a single abbey. So, in context, "the abode" is correct.

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