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11 April

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I'm wondering about the / a usage in these sentences from a book.

"Too often, writers suppress their vocabularies in a misguided attempt to lower the level of language for [a] general audience. Obscure words should be defined in texts or made clear from context. But the reading vocabulary of [the] average citizen is larger than the writing vocabulary of [the] typical author."

Can I use "the general audience" or "an average citizen" or "a typical author" instead?

Please explain why / why not.

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