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.
- 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."
- Anonymous1 month ago
#1 -- is what native speakers would say.
- ZirpLv 71 month ago
the first is natural
the second implies that it made more than one appearance
the third makes you guess: what appearance?
- CFLv 71 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)
- 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...