A total of or the total of?
Hi! I would love to know about how to use "total of".
I know "a total of" is normally used. But after mentioning it once, can it be used as "the total of"? For example,
[A total of 3 students was in the class. The total of 3 students enjoyed the class.]
Should it be "a total of" at the end too or "the total of"? (I know the example would sound a bit weird ,but I made it to check out the use of "a" and "the" here).
Please let me know about it. Thank you so much!