Let's suppose my manager asks me to research some problem. I've done this and now I'm going to write him a message:

A/the summary:

[The problem is caused by this and that ...]

Do I need any article (a/the) before "summary"?

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    You do not say whether you are talking about a title or text. If it is a title in an informal or internal document, I'd say "Summary of ..." If it is a title in a public or very formal document such as a scholarly article, I'd say "A Summary of ..." If it is a reference in the body of the summary, I'd say "this summary." In other words, context matters. Please clarify your question. – Jeff Morrow Feb 5 '20 at 16:39
  • Well, I'm talking about a message. The content of the message is: "A/the summary: The problem is caused by this and that ...". This is a correspondence between me and my manager. – Chris Brettini Feb 5 '20 at 16:45
  • In that case, I'd say "The summary about ... will be ready by close of business today." My point remains: context is critical. – Jeff Morrow Feb 5 '20 at 16:52
  • Thank you, @JeffMorrow – Chris Brettini Feb 5 '20 at 17:14
  • What's the exact context? Are you asking whether to include an article in the title of an email? – FumbleFingers Reinstate Monica Feb 5 '20 at 18:12

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