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The Articles are confusing, look at these two sentences and tell me is there a difference in their meaning.

Assume ( a total of 5 windows in this case)

1a) My ball hit the window of our principal's office.

1b) My ball hit a window of our principal's office.

Both of these sentences are providing the same meaning then what exactly are "a" and "the" conveying?

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  • Here 1a) is correct because it ensures the required emphasis by using 'the'. Second is not, because a ball can hit only one window which is clear even without one's having to say.
    – Ram Pillai
    May 23 '20 at 4:31
  • But how is the second one "incorrect"? What if I don't want to emphasize the window of my principal's office but just stating a fact that I hit a window of my principal's office? May 23 '20 at 4:52
  • It is not incorrect, it is just that 'when a co-student complains to the principal that a ball hit the window' he/she, probably, will say, "Sir/Madam, while playing, the ball hit the window pane." It is not a matter of grammar-error, but what is more right in a context of this kind.
    – Ram Pillai
    May 23 '20 at 4:55
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1a) My ball hit the window of our principal's office.
This would be used only when there is exactly one window in the principal's office, not when there are five.

1b) My ball hit a window of our principal's office.
This is correct if the ball hit one of five possible windows.

However, once the window is known, and is spoken of later, you would say
The window my ball hit has been repaired."
regardless how many windows were in the office.

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  • I'm still going to accept it even though I knew everything you've written. Thanks for the explanation. May 23 '20 at 7:16

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