Idiom: Turn over a new leaf, and the "the" article
1. "Turn over a new leaf" and "turn a new leaf," are both of these acceptable to mean "changing to a new course?" Both are on the Internet but the former is 10 times more, at 25,000 listings.
2. Is the new course always better or not necessarily?
3. This sentence: "My son used to come home black and blue, but since he started the judo lessons, the school bullies havn't touched him." Can I skip the "the" article before judo lessons? What is the significance of it being there?