I am choosing (say) a nail of one or another type.

Should I say

  1. "a different choice of a nail would result in ..."; or
  2. "a different choice of nail would result in ..."?
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    It might not make any difference, but by "nail" do you mean the thing on you fingers and toes, or the metal spike used in woodworking? – James K Aug 10 at 23:30
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    Shouldn't it be, "...choice of a different nail..."? The confusion is what is different; nail(s) or choice? – Ram Pillai Aug 11 at 1:30
  • @JamesK Metal spike. – Michael_1812 Aug 11 at 16:01
  • @RamPillai Both are different. As I said in my question, a different choice will imply a choice of a nail of another type. – Michael_1812 Aug 11 at 16:03

“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.

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