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    On A/The Bounce

    a) "He caught the ball on a bounce."
    b) "He caught the ball on the bounce."

    Does the first sentence mean he caught the ball after it bounced EXACTLY one time, and the second sentence mean he caught the ball but how many times it bounced was left unspecified?

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    Re: On A/The Bounce

    From some sports articles:
    "For a moment, no one seemed sure if it was an incomplete pass or a fumbled lateral. No one except for McKnight, who collected the ball on the bounce and darted around right end."

    Here, "on the bounce" is ambiguous?

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    Re: On A/The Bounce

    You can't tell, and it doesn't matter.

    The ball hit the ground at least once and popped back up into the air, and McKnight grabbed it while it was in the air.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: On A/The Bounce

    Quote Originally Posted by Samantha293 View Post
    From some sports articles:
    "For a moment, no one seemed sure if it was an incomplete pass or a fumbled lateral. No one except for McKnight, who collected the ball on the bounce and darted around right end."

    Here, "on the bounce" is ambiguous?
    In that context (and perhaps only in AmE) the statement, "on the bounce" is frequently used.

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    Re: On A/The Bounce

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    In that context (and perhaps only in AmE) the statement, "on the bounce" is frequently used.
    In BrE too.

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