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Ok, thanks a lot. The problem is "the fire" hadn't been introduced into the context, but it was used with the definite article. And in the grammar box before that exercise was mentioned that in most cases we use the definite article after prepositions. So I thought that was the case (after the preposition "by"). And in the following sentence it was said "I was born in a cold part of Canada". So, I don't really get if we use "a" or "the" in this sentence (1. after the preposition 'in'  - so we need "the", 2. on the other hand, it is not a specific place - so we need "a"). Articles after prepositions - that's challenging!

@Inna posted:

The problem is "the fire" hadn't been introduced into the context, but it was used with the definite article. And in the grammar box before that exercise was mentioned that in most cases we use the definite article after prepositions. So I thought that was the case (after the preposition "by").

"The fire" can be an institutionalized or cultural use of the noun: houses usually have only one fireplace, so saying "by the fire" will be understood as "by the fireplace."

@Inna posted:

And in the following sentence it was said "I was born in a cold part of Canada". So, I don't really get if we use "a" or "the" in this sentence (1. after the preposition 'in'  - so we need "the", 2. on the other hand, it is not a specific place - so we need "a").

"In a cold part of Canada" implies that there are several, or many cold parts in Canada, and that the person lives in one of them.

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