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Which article should I use in the following situations?

  1. 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.
  2. The same situation, but there are several book stores near my school, and I buy books in only one of them.

  3. The same situation, but I buy books in all of the book stores without any distinction.

I hope that I made myself clear enough.

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  1. I buy books in the book store near my school OR I buy books in a book store near my school.
  2. I buy books in a book store near my school.
  3. I buy books in the book stores near my school.
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You could also leave the article out of the third one. –  Peter Shor Jan 6 '13 at 14:28
    
seeing no much of difference o.o +1 –  user19341 Jan 6 '13 at 19:07

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