The Angels Have the Phone Box (usagi_alchemist) wrote in linguaphiles,
The Angels Have the Phone Box
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Question about articles in English

This is one of those late-night "can't sleep until it's answered" questions.

Why is it that we talk about learning to play THE violin, THE piano, etc., but we don't learn to ride the bicycle? Is it just the verb to play, or are there others that demand the?

(Or DO you learn to ride THE bicycle?)
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