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@Inna posted:

Hello! Can you help me with the following example: "We were sitting by the fire"?

Can we say "by a fire"? If yes, what's the difference?

Hello, Inna—Yes, you can say either sentence. "We were sitting by a fire" would be used if the fire hadn't yet been introduced into the context of discourse, and "We were sitting by the fire" would be used if it had.

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