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Hi,

Someone suggests that "in the accounting career" is incorrect, and "in an accounting career" is correct.
I don't understand. I am now talking about "the" career that I prefer, but not "a" career randomly.

Why sentence 1 is correct, and sentence 2 is incorrect?

Sentence1:

Since I have a good academic background in accounting, I should be successfully in an accounting career.
Sentence2:
Since I have a good academic background in accounting, I should be successfully in the accounting career.

Thanks
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Hi,

Very broadly speaking, say 'the' only if the reader already knows what you are talking about.

In your example, you haven't first told us that you are talking about the career you prefer.

Consider these simpler examples.

1. You walk into a room and say 'I bought a car'. We understand what you mean.

2. You walk into a room and say 'I bought the car'. We say 'What car are you talking about?'

Best wishes, Clive
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Hi,

When I search "accounting career" in the Internet, most of the results are "an accounting career".

However, I am talking about "the" career for me. So, I think "the " may be used.

So, I am confusing.

Thank
Hi,

PLease tell me this.

Would you walk into a room and begin a conversation by saying "I bought the car yesterday'?

Or would you begin by saying 'I bought a car yesterday'?

Clive
In your case,
I will say "I bought a car yesterday".

I asked few people before.

Most of them suggests "an accounting career".

One of the explanation is:

So, if you want to use accounting as an adjective to modify the noun "career", then you should say "an accounting career"

Thanks
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Hi again,

In your case,

I will say "I bought a car yesterday".

For the same reason you'd say 'a car' the first time you mention it, you'd alsoasay 'an accounting career' the first time you mention it. Emotion: smile

I asked few people before.

Most of them suggests "an accounting career".

One of the explanation is:

So, if you want to use accounting as an adjective to modify the noun "career", then you should say "an accounting career" It's nothing to do with the adjective. It's for the reason I mentioned above.

Best wishes, Clive