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Yevhen wrote: »
Hi @mheredge . Could you please explain this mess with articles by providing the usages with some context?
a(the) new version of (a/the) program - either depending on context
the kind of thing/case/whatever;
a/the meaning of (a/the) idiom; the is specific, a means there's more than one
The nose of (a/the) human - a human only has one nose, but human - specific or non specific?
We work on the program to improve it's quality etc, and deploy new versions to a server every two days. Should we use "a new version of the program" meaning "any of new versions, but not the final"?
You can use 'a' but then if you talk about this particular new version again, it become the, as it is specific and refers to something you have already mentioned.
2. I am a teacher. My subject is related to some theory of programming and development. I am in class and tell the students about a program they might develop in the future and it's versions. I would say: "... but a new version of the program will not be available in time".