I am choosing (say) a nail of one or another type.
Should I say
- "a different choice of a nail would result in ..."; or
- "a different choice of nail would result in ..."?
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“A different choice of [noun]” is correct. No article needed or allowed.
While “a different [noun]” may appear to have the same meaning, inserting “choice of” emphasizes having other options. For instance, I assume you mean other sizes or types of nails are available to choose from, which may be better suited to your need, rather than just several identical nails.