The Australian cricket team scored 200 runs with the/a loss of 8 wickets in 20 overs.

I am confused if I should use an indefinite article or the definite article in the above sentence . According to me, if we say “the loss” we mean a particular loss, and if we say “a loss”, we mean “any one loss”. But I am not able to figure out if what is suitable in this sentence because both the articles seem correct to me, “the loss” means a specific loss of 8 wickets, and we generally use “a loss” most of the time. So I am not sure what the correct article in this sentence is.

  • It is more usual to say for the loss but with is not wrong. What grammatical issue is at stake here I cannot say.
    – mdewey
    Sep 26, 2020 at 9:36
  • “...for a loss of 8 wickets...”, does it sound wrong? Sep 26, 2020 at 9:59
  • Yes, a loss is wrong here but, as I mentioned, I do not know what the grammar rule at stae here is.
    – mdewey
    Sep 26, 2020 at 10:17
  • Definite article "the" is used here. You can majorly hear this during a running commentary of a live cricket match. Sep 26, 2020 at 10:28

1 Answer 1


In your example, the reader understands when the wickets occur, both

a loss of 8 wickets


the loss of 8 wickets

are acceptable. Usually, the latter is used in commentary.

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