"I sent a report about a wrong item."
"I sent a report about the wrong item."
I'm confused. Thank you in advance.
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"I sent a report about a wrong item." is saying that you sent a report about no specific item. "I sent a report about the wrong item." is saying that there is a specific incorrect item that you wrote a report about. Another example is "I want a cat." which means that there is no certain cat you want, just a cat in general. "I want the cat." means that there is a certain cat you want
The difference is in the emphasis.
When you say "I sent a report about a wrong item" you are emphasizing the verb (sending) rather than the indirect object (a generic wrong item). Perhaps you are being asked to account for your activities for the day, or you are writing out a list of job responsibilities to demonstrate what a replacement worker would have to do in your place.
When you say "I sent a report about the wrong item" you are emphasizing the indirect object (this specific wrong item). Perhaps the wrong item is being discussed, and you are asked what you have done to correct it. You are still emphasizing the verb (sending) and there is a little bit more emphasis on the direct object (a report) as well.