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Sometimes I'm really confused with articles. I'd say 'everything has a meaning' but it seems that for some reason most people tend to say 'everything has meaning' instead. However, I've come across phrases like 'it has a meaning' as well. Hence, I'm not sure which one is more correct. Is it even correct to 'it has a meaning' in any context? And if both versions are correct, what is the difference?

marked as duplicate by tchrist, FumbleFingers meaning Sep 2 '14 at 13:05

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The definite article is there to define a specific meaning. In other words 'Everything has meaning' means that everything means something and 'Everything has a meaning' means that everything means something specific. It is just semantics, but the definite article only acts to create specificity.

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    Note that a, an is the indefinite (singular) article. – tchrist Sep 2 '14 at 1:37

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