"There'll be 45 minutes allocated for your lecture and 15 minutes for 【a】 question-and-answer session." Why is there use "a"? Can it be "the"? I get confused with "a" and "the".😣
Nov 15, 2021 2:34 PM
Answers · 5
Hi Nicky. This is a matter of a definite or indefinite articles. The definite article "the" precedes a specific, known thing. The indefinite article "a" precedes something that is not specific or that is to be considered in general. For example, if you say "The present is in the box," it is much different from saying "The present is in a box." In the first example, you know exactly which box it is in, but in the second example, the present could be in any box. So, in the above sentence, "a" question-and-answer session means one in general that is usually given in similar situations. I hope this explanation clarifies things.
November 15, 2021
You're always welcome, Nicky. Glad I could help.
November 15, 2021
If you have been told about the Q and A session already, then 'the' is correct.
November 15, 2021
"The" is used when it is referring to a known or previously spoken subject. "a" is used for a subject that is not talked about. For example, if you are in a restaurant, you can tell the waiter: " I'll have "a" Pasta dish". But if you had already asked about their menu and he told you they had Pasta and Pizza and other stuff, you would say "I will have "the" Pasta" because you both are talking about a subject that is already known and talked about by you and the waiter.
November 15, 2021
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