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20 October

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Can the word "said" in the following sentence be replaced with "the". I know both words have similar meanings, or functions. In this case, however, I think "said extinguisher" is not specified by the context and cannot be "the said extinguisher" or "the extinguisher".

"Where are the new frontiers?" the Romantics cried, unaware that the frontier of the mind had opened in a laboratory on Callisto at the turn of the twenty-fourth century. A researcher named Jaunte set fire to his bench and himself (accidentally) and let out a yell for help with particular reference to a fire extinguisher. Who so surprised as Jaunte and his colleagues when he found himself standing alongside said extinguisher, seventy feet removed from his lab bench.

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