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    a second chance, the second chance?

    I think "a second" means any time of next or additional chance, not the absolute "the second" in order. So the following could be the seventh or eleventh chance, but the translation goes "the second". Do you think there's no strict distiction between "a second" and "the second"?

    -Small Ville
    Voice - To be a symbol of hope for them.I told you to rule with strength,
    but you chose the martyr's path.
    Voice- What makes you think you deserve a second chance?
    Clark - I can do it.
    Clark - I can be their hero!
    Clark - Jor-El!

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    Re: a second chance, the second chance?

    What makes you think you deserve a second chance?

    keannu.
    "A second chance" means "another chance", although it couldn't be his "seventh" because the implication is that he has had only one so far. "Second" does still mean the one following the first.
    But, yes, it is another in an undetermined number of chances, although in drama the second chance is so often the last. You might hear a character say something like:
    "We've given you a second chance, do you think we can just keep doing it, giving you another, and another. We've got to draw the line somewhere".

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    Re: a second chance, the second chance?

    Quote Originally Posted by JMurray View Post
    What makes you think you deserve a second chance?

    keannu.
    "A second chance" means "another chance", although it couldn't be his "seventh" because the implication is that he has had only one so far. "Second" does still mean the one following the first.
    But, yes, it is another in an undetermined number of chances, although in drama the second chance is so often the last. You might hear a character say something like:
    "We've given you a second chance, do you think we can just keep doing it, giving you another, and another. We've got to draw the line somewhere".

    not a teacher
    I agree.

    I suppose we could say "This was the second chance we've given you, Jones, and you've failed again." but it's pretty unlikely. Stick with 'a'.

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