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How should I choose "the" or "a" when I use the expression "in the/a state of"?

Can I say either "Keep these parts in a dired state" or "Keep these parts in the dried state"?

Similarly, can I say either "The patient is in a vegetable state" or "The patient is in the vegetable state"?
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However, you often don't need the expression in a state of because there are better ways of expressing the thought. Don't use in a state of if there's another standard way of saying it.

Keep these parts dry.

In the case of the patient, you don't have quite the right word:

The patient is in a vegetative state.

CJ
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CalifJima However, you often don't need the expression in a state of because there are better ways of expressing the thought. Don't use in a state of if there's another standard way of saying it. Keep these parts dry. In the case of the patient, you don't have quite the right word: The patient is in a vegetative state. CJ
Thank you. I understood.