Which article should be used before the word "order"?

I ask you to send me a/the order for trimmer R2 and the DB2 connector.

Note: The existing answer was based on a previous version of this question that mistakenly used offer rather than order.

  • I edited the question again so that the existing answer is not confusing for anybody reading it. Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 13:14

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You haven't used the word "order" in your sentence: I guess that "offer" is an error for "order".

As usual, the definite article "the" is used where the object is known information.

I would expect "an order" here. If you say "the order", this implies that the recipient already knows which order you mean: presumably you have previously discussed it.

One other point that occurs to me, (not directly what your question was about): "please send me an order for X" is something that the seller might say to a person wanting to buy something: "the order" is the formal commercial request. Is that what you meant? If this is the buyer asking for goods, don't use "the order for", just "please send me X"

Edit: Chiara has explained that it was "order" that was the error, not "offer". The argument is unchanged: if you have already discussed the matter with the seller, you might say "the offer", but otherwise "an offer".

Actually, "offer" is still not the best word: I would only use it if the seller has a "special offer" - a temporary reduction in price or addition of benefit. I can't think of a suitable word: I would just say "please send me the prices and details">

  • I`m so sorry. I felt tired and misprinted the question. I did mean the word "offer" in the sentence.
    – Chiara
    Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 10:09
  • I ask the seller to send me his offer with prices for the required details.
    – Chiara
    Commented Jan 28, 2019 at 10:18

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