"I have a fear of flying" vs "I have the fear of flying." Do they both mean exactly the same thing? Or have slightly different meanings? Or is it just that the "fear" has been mentioned before, so use "the".

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    The fear would only have been mentioned before in the context of somebody saying I have the same fear of flying in response to a previous statement. – Jason Bassford Supports Monica Dec 5 '18 at 15:30

“A fear” is correct because you’re not referring to a specific instance of fear.

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