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Came through this sentence on the GMAT Club grammar book :-

The ball hit Mike during the game last night.

I was wondering why it should not be "A Ball" instead of "The Ball".

Looking forward to your views... :?
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Arianheat wrote:
Came through this sentence on the GMAT Club grammar book :-

The ball hit Mike during the game last night.

I was wondering why it should not be "A Ball" instead of "The Ball".

Looking forward to your views... :?



It can be said that Mike was playing the game and the ball being used in the game hit him. So we can definitely say which ball, therefore THE..

But say he was walking when he got hit..
Mike was hit by a ball, while he was walking on the road.
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Came through this sentence on the GMAT Club grammar book :-

The ball hit Mike during the game last night.

I was wondering why it should not be "A Ball" instead of "The Ball".

Looking forward to your views... :?


Here, 'the ball' refers to the ball being played in the game and not just any ball.
If it is to be referred to any ball then 'a ball' shall be used.
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