A quote from a lang-8 entry, describing a Russian web-project:

Upload your photo and find an orphan who looks like you. The goal of our project is to show you that there may be a kid in an orphanage who has facial features similar to yours. For example, the eyes, the smile, or the pug nose.

Shouldn't it be

, or a pug nose.

since the authors of the text cannot be sure that you have a pug nose?


These are all examples. It does not assume you have all the characteristics mentioned. Sure, everyone has eyes, and everyone has a smile, but not everyone has a pug nose. Author is trying to be a little bit cute/funny here; he might as well have said "blue eyes" or "crooked smile" as more specific examples, and it still would not be claiming that you have any such characteristic.

  • Thanks, Brian! So "the pug nose" is okay? Jul 4 '15 at 8:13
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    Yeah. "...the pug nose" is okay. Jul 4 '15 at 8:23
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    Yes, this is what I suspected; +1.
    – M.A.R.
    Jul 4 '15 at 17:15

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