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Dear Ted:

Is the following sentence correct?

I went to the gas station to fill up my/the car.

IN YOUR OWN WORDS, HOW WOULD YOU EXPRESS THIS CONCEPT?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

  

Is the following sentence correct?

I went to the gas station to fill up my/the car.

*** I wouldn't use this sentence.  I know that you mean to fill up with gas, but you don't directly state it.

IN YOUR OWN WORDS, HOW WOULD YOU EXPRESS THIS CONCEPT?

I went to the station to fill up my gas tank.

I went to the gas station, because my gas tank was nearly empty.

Ted

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