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Jigneshbharati
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 7:06:07 AM
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What is intent in cricket? Maybe it's a question that should be circulated around the Indian dressing-room.
https://www.cricbuzz.com/cricket-news/105499/australia-vs-india-1st-test-cheteshwar-pujara-and-the-intent-that-really-mattered
please explain the use of "a" in "a question that...", shouldn't it be "the" in "the question that...."?
thar
Posted: Thursday, December 6, 2018 7:12:26 AM

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It is one question. There are other questions that might also be important. What tactics should we use? How many runs will we need before we declare?
If you called it the question, then that would be the only question. That would be a very valid way of saying it it, if you want to emphasise that that is all they should be asking.
But 'a' is grammatically fine, because it is just one question out of many.
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