I am in Illinois, a judicial and a fact pleading state, and yes, I am in the
house, but not "still." It is where I belong and where I will stay.
Short version of a long story. I helped a friend learn English, and had
spent some time teaching the difference between the articles "a" and "the."
"a" is general, and "the" is specific.
A dog ran across the street. [It could have been any dog.]
The dog was chasing a cat. [The article "the" refers specifically and
only to the dog that ran across the street]
After taking my closing papers home, I was reading the promissory note.
It said, in pertinent part, "In return for a loan I have received, I promise
to pay $x..."
Wait a minute... "a" loan? Why isn't it "the" loan I just received. If it
isn't "the" loan, then what was the "a" loan referencing? Turns out,
Blacks Law distinguishes the difference, as well. Anyone not familiar
with the difference, in law, should look them up.