grammar correction chap 4.1 LFS 6.6

Chris Staub chris at
Wed Mar 10 21:03:39 PST 2010

On 03/10/2010 04:42 PM, stosss wrote:
> On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 6:28 AM, Mike Lynch<mjlynch at>  wrote:
> "a" and "an" are general. "an apple" means any apple. "the apple"
> means one specific apple. Because there is only one su command the
> "an" does not work because of the context.

Actually...yes, there is only one "su" program binary, but there is more 
than one way to write an su command. For example, to switch to root, you 
could do "su - root", "su root", "su -", or just "su" (yes, I know full 
well that adding "-" changes the behavior...I'm just giving a general 
example). Therefore, the "an" (or "a" depending on how you say "su") 
certainly fits, as (going back to the original context) the book does 
not give a specific su command, so "an su command" would fit. Using "the 
su" would apply only if the book was either referring to a specific su 
command that it mentions, or referring to the su program itself (in 
which case it would probably say something like "using the su program...").

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