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    next time vs. the next time

    Does it make any difference if I use the definite article before the time adverbial "next time"? My guess it that we don't use "the" unless we want to suggest that something is likely to happen in the future again. For instance,

    A: I had a car accident today because I was texting while driving. It was just a fender-bender, though.
    B: (The?) next time you have a car accident it might not be only a fender-bender.

    Do I use "the" in the sentence B says? For all we know, A might not be involved in any car accident for the rest of his life, thus I wouldn't use "the". There's no guarantee there will be a "next time".
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    Re: next time vs. the next time

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    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    My guess it that we don't use "the" unless we want to suggest that something is likely to happen in the future again.
    My guess is that your guess is wrong. I really don't see how the omission or the addition of "the" changes the probability whether someting is more or less likely to happen. In Dutch, a language closely related to English, it doesn't matter whether you, in this instance, include an article or omit it. I don't think there is any difference in this regard in English as well.
    However, I would also like to hear what a teacher has to say about this.
    Last edited by Chicken Sandwich; 23-Jun-2012 at 20:09.

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    Re: next time vs. the next time

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    My guess is that your guess is wrong. I really don't see how the omission or the addition of "the" changes the probability whether someting is more or less likely to happen. In Dutch, a language closely related to English, it doesn't matter whether you, in this instance, include an article or omit it. I don't think there is any difference in this regard in English as well.
    However, I would also like to hear what a teacher has to say about this.
    Actually, that was my original guess too, but then I thought that there might be a difference and if there is one it might the difference I described.
    Let's see what the teachers tell us.
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    Re: next time vs. the next time

    Quote Originally Posted by CarloSsS View Post
    Actually, that was my original guess too, but then I thought that there might be a difference and if there is one it might the difference I described.
    Let's see what the teachers tell us.
    There is no difference IMO.

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    Re: next time vs. the next time

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    There is no difference IMO.
    Wouldn't it be better to include "the" for the sake of completeness? Without "the" the sentence sounds kind of incomplete. Not wrong, but maybe more appropriate for spoken English rather than written English.

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    Re: next time vs. the next time

    Quote Originally Posted by Chicken Sandwich View Post
    Wouldn't it be better to include "the" for the sake of completeness? Without "the" the sentence sounds kind of incomplete. Not wrong, but maybe more appropriate for spoken English rather than written English.
    Take it from bhai and me – in this context there is no difference, either in spoken or written English.

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