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Could you tell me the difference between the fog rolled in and a fog rolled in? For example:

The fog rolled in and we couldn't see anything on the highway.

A fog rolled in and we couldn't see anything on the highway.

I checke the word in a dictionary, and it doesn't give examples of the word used with a when used in a literal sense. Strangely enough, I checked the word mist in the same dictionary , which is synonymous, and it gives examples with both a and the. Could you explain the logic behind using the in my examples.

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    Sorry, but had you read further you would have found references to "a fog" in your dictionary. Also commonly used phrases like "The trail was half lost in fog" can be correctly written as "The trail was half lost in a fog" but the "a" is not used, it is not necessary, as we know it is singular. – Brad Mar 14 at 7:33
  • Thanks for your comment, but what about the context I gave? Could explain the difference? – Dmytro O'Hope Mar 14 at 7:38
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    I think it would be very unusual to use the indefinite article when talking about the weather. I would say Fog rolled in, (or the fog if I had mentioned it earlier). In a literary context, you might find expressions like a fine rain had begun to fall, or the one in your dictionary, a mist of tears. – Kate Bunting Mar 14 at 8:26
  • @Kate Bunting: Thank you for the helpful comment, but what about the word "mist" it has a very similar meaning, still it's used with "a"? You can see that by clicking the link I provided in the question. – Dmytro O'Hope Mar 14 at 8:36
  • The simple answer is, I don't know! Maybe because mist may be more localised than fog? – Kate Bunting Mar 14 at 9:34

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