Please if you help me now my English will be sorted out forever!?

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It is the educator that needs educating. (J. Krishnamurti)
The objectives of corporeal mime are to enable the actor to become more autonomous in creating metaphor-based physical theater pieces, which may include text, but are not based on text, i.e., to give the actor greater access to physical metaphors in work in traditional plays, and to increase the actor’s strength, agility, flexibility and imaginative powers. (Corporeal mime)
The two extracts above are what I have come across today surfing the internet.
Why are the word ‘educator’ in the first excerpt and ‘actors’ in the second proceded by the definite article ‘the’ instead of ‘a’? Because, as an English learner whose grammar on articles in English is not yet sorted out, what comes to my mind first is ‘an educator’ or ‘educators’ and ‘an actor’ or ‘actors’ as used in general. My guess about the second one is that ‘the actor’ is refering to the one in the field of corporeal mime in particular but the first one, which I think refers to an educator in general, does not make any sense.
Help me!
-A determined English learner.
*In addition, one more example that might clarify the issue in relation to the two aforementioned examples is:
1. A rabbit has two ears (o) (But which rabbit? I still do not understand this, actually.)
2. Rabbits have two ears (o) (Yes, they have two ears in general unless they are disabled.)
3. The rabbit have two ears (x) (It is obviously incorrect unless it refers to a specific one!)
I really want to know when a pronoun(pronouns??) become specific ‘enough’ to be proceeded by the definite article. I am really confused about the border between the use of ‘a’ and ‘the’.

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well think of it like this if you say: A Rabbit ( it can mean any rabbit)
and if you say The Rabbit (you are talking about a specific rabbit not just any rabbit)


“Rabbits” means all rabbits. That is what people almost always say.
“A rabbit” and “the rabbit” can mean two things: one particular rabbit, or any rabbit. If I say, “A rabbit has two ears,” I mean that all rabbits have two ears because any particular rabbit has two ears. It means the same thing if I say, “The rabbit has two ears.”
However, people almost always say, “Rabbits have two ears.” “The rabbit has two ears” would only be said in a textbook or science lecture. “A rabbit has two ears” is barely ever used.


hey, i think u asked other such q’s before. anyway, THE is used here generically, much as we say
The elephant lives in Asia and Africa. Not any specific elephant. And for the same reason u can say 3 also. However, such constructions (with generic THE) are a bit formal. This is why you cannot use with them with very colloquial words. So, for example, you can say the child but not the kid (the kid of course CAN be used but only to mean a specific kid, not generically). And this is why 3 while possible is a bit odd, because rabbit is such a familiar every-day animal, so such a formal manner of speaking seems a bit unnatural. so … u have to lose the idea that there is a single meaning for A and a single meaning for THE. there are many, and the rules are very complex.


Your English is perfect, so don’t worry.


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