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Tell me please what is the difference between the following sentences.

It is ok to add supplementary exercises to the main lifts. Just do it at the right time.

It is ok to add supplementary exercises to the main lifts. Just do it at a right time.

I did not ask which one is correct because I was listening to a podcast in which native English speakers used the indefinite article in the sentence. And it has really bewildered me because I thought that the definite article is always used before words like right or wrong. Could they make a mistake?

  • You should show an example of when you heard "a" there. "The" is certainly the only correct way of saying it in the sentence you give. – Daniel Roseman May 1 at 8:48
  • @DanielRoseman There is a right time for everything. Granted, that is not an equivalent construction. As you say, the exact sentence given would be very awkward with a (although not actually ungrammatical.) But it would be useful if such a comparison were provided in the question so we could comment on the specific confusion. (The statement that the is always used in general is simply false.) – Jason Bassford Supports Monica May 1 at 17:40

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