Are there any simple rules for article usage (“a” vs “the” vs none)
Which article should I use in the following situations?
There is only one book store near my school, and I buy books there. Suppose that I'm having a conversation with a person who doesn't know anything about that book store, my school, how many book stores are near it, or if there are any at all. Which of the following should I use?
- I buy books in a book store near my school.
- I buy books in the book store near my school.
The same situation, but there are several book stores near my school, and I buy books in only one of them.
The same situation, but I buy books in all of the book stores without any distinction.
I hope that I made myself clear enough.