For a second time vs For the second time

English grammar questions, answered by Alan

Moderator: Alan

Locked
trungtran
New Member
Posts: 4
Joined: Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:04 am
Status: English Learner

For a second time vs For the second time

Post by trungtran » Wed Dec 20, 2017 5:10 am

Could you tell me when to use "for a second time" and "for the second time"?
For example.
1. I went to the supermarket for the second time to buy some milk.
2. I went to the supermarket for a second time to buy some milk.
Which one is correct?

User avatar
Alan
EC Teacher
EC Teacher
Posts: 12877
Joined: Mon Dec 29, 2003 7:56 pm
Status: English Teacher
Location: Japan

Re: For a second time vs For the second time

Post by Alan » Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:20 am

There is no real difference between the two. If in doubt in such cases, simply use the definite article.

Locked