an original (something)

"Original" in this case means "unique" or "different than normal". This is usually used in a positive way for things that are different from normal, but still good.

"Original" has another meaning as well, which is "the first version of something". So how do you tell which meaning is meant?

  • "Original" meaning "the first version" is introduced with definite words like "the", "your", etc.
  • "Original" meaning "unique" is introduced with indefinite words like "a", "some", or "many.

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