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Help please
Dear colleagues,
I need your help and would like you to comment on the following:
Love plays a main role in shaping our lives....
I would like to know if the article A in the above sentence is acceptable or should it be THE?
I thank you in advance for your answers.

22 Oct 2023      

United States

It could be either but it changes the meaning.  "A" means it is one among some things that play the role. "The" means it is the only thing that plays the role.

Just like in a speech you could have three main points ("a") or only one ("the").

23 Oct 2023     


Dear Douglas, 
Thank you for being helpful- like always.

23 Oct 2023