Which article do I have to use in the following sentence?

Thank you for a/the tip.

What if the noun were preceded by an adjective?

Thank you for a/the great tip.

  • What has happened to your English? :) Your question is all screwed up (in the box).
    – Lambie
    Oct 5, 2019 at 19:46
  • The adjective does not not make a difference. As Ron Jenson notes in his answer below, you would use the definite article "the" when referring to a specific tip that has been left, or "a" in other circumstances. The answers are unchanged, whether or not an adjective precedes the noun.
    – TechnoCat
    Oct 6, 2019 at 1:51

2 Answers 2


Since you are referring to a specific tip, use the definite article "the." If, on the other hand, a tip has not been left you would use the indefinite article "a." E.g. I would appreciate a tip.

  • 2
    There are also cases where the indefinite article would apply, even when a tip has been left - e.g. "A generous $100-note tip was left in the jar this afternoon ".
    – TechnoCat
    Oct 6, 2019 at 1:53

If the tip has been given at a specific time or event:

Thank you for the tip [you gave me].

A general statement (which one would probably never see). But for the grammar, one would say/write:

Please don't forget to give our servers a tip.

That is a general idea, not specific.

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