Every time I ask Siri to
set the timer for X minutes
I get corrected with
set a timer for X minutes
I consulted some tech sites, they seem to agree on "a timer". At least, I didn't find any "the timer" questions.
Hey Siri, start a timer for 15 minutes.
Say something like "Set a timer for 20 minutes."
I don't understand why, though.
I've got a phone (my phone, the phone I am possessing), I've installed some software on it (the applications I find handy and use on a daily basis), there are some pre-installed programs running on it (the applications provided out of the box). Being perfectly aware of the timer feature, I am asking Siri to launch it. To launch the timer, not a timer. To set the timer, not a timer.
Where am I wrong?
Feel free to correct any mistakes. I'd be utterly grateful if you cleared up my confusion.
Yes, I understand that other words (including articles) around "timer" and "X minutes" don't play a big role, and they won't even be taken into consideration after parsing the keywords.
But corrections/replies from Siri like
Setting a timer for X minutes...
A timer is already running.
bring ambiguity and are totally confusing to me.
I am absolutely sure my iPhone is well aware of the processes it initiated (the applications it ran) X minutes ago.
The timer (from the Clock app/the one I can run) is already running.
Setting the timer (the timer installed in the Clock program/the one I have access to/the one I can set).