Assume that I am writing an email to a colleague about a paper and I want to include the sentence
The problem X is discussed in a/the remark near the end of the paper.
Here X is some problem whose nature is irrelevant for this question. The remark I am talking about has not been mentioned before. My question is: should I use 'a' or 'the' before the word 'remark'?
On the one hand, I am talking about a specific remark, so I thought about the 'the' first. On the other hand, the remark has not been mentioned in the body of the email, so shouldn't it be used with an 'an' when it is introduced for the first time (as in for example 'A bear walks into a bar...')?