A question about English grammar?

I'm studying English. 

I have a question about English.

Which of the following sentences is natural?

1. The CD made its first appearance in 1983. 

2. The CD made a first appearance in 1983. 

3. The CD made the first appearance in 1983. 

Thanks in advance. 

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  • 2 weeks ago

    I wouldn't say that the CD appeared - it's not like it arose from the ethers - it was invented and improved upon. 

    I would say something like, "CD's became available to the general public in 1983."

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    #1 -- is what native speakers would say.

  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    the first is natural

    the second implies that it made more than one appearance

    the third makes you guess: what appearance?

  • CF
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    According to usage, I´d say number 1. English loves pinpointing (highlighting) whose actions you´re talking about or to whom do things and people belong.  It seems to prefer, in such contexts, a possessive determiner: my, his, its etc.

     "The CD made its first appearance in 1983. "

    - The CD (it) made (its) first appearance in 1983.

    That´s especially remarkable when talking about body parts. In some languages, it´s very common to hear something like, "I broke the leg," " I hurt the knee." In such languages, it is implicit "the leg" and "knee" are yours. English always wants to make sure whom those parts belong to: "I broke MY leg," and "I hurt MY knee." (English always wants to clarify things: "Better sure than sorry," so the saying goes)

    Other examples:

    - I left my heart in San Francisco, instead of, "I left the heart."

    - The dog bit its tail, instead of, "The dog bit the tail."

    - We´re packing up our bags, instead of, "We´re packing up the bags."

    - "Ann has a date with HER first boyfriend," and so on...

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