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    #1

    a/the final version of

    Hi everyone,

    When talking about a final draft/version of a document/letter/contract, etc. do we use "a" or "the"? Or is it correct to use either article?

    Examples:

    - What are you doing?
    - I'm preparing/composing/working on a/the final version/draft of the contract with XYZ.

    - I thought John had sent me a/the final version of the statement but it turned out that it was just a draft.

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    #2

    Re: a/the final version of

    There are several versions and it's one of them: They're shooting it in December. That will be a final version of the movie.
    But if you mean that very version, you should use the definite article:
    - Which version is he talking about? - The final version.

    So you get:

    - What are you doing?
    - I'm preparing/composing/working on a final version/draft of the contract with XYZ.

    - I thought John had sent me the final version of the statement but it turned out that it was just a draft.

    I hope I'm right.

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    #3

    Re: a/the final version of

    If it's TRULY final (I cant' even count how many "final" versions have had subsequent revisions), then there is only one. Use "the final version."
    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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    #4

    Re: a/the final version of

    Many thanks for your replies.

    Therefore:

    Yesterday, I was working on a final version of the contract.

    Yesterday, I sent my boss the final version of the contract.

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    Re: a/the final version of

    If it's final, it's final. There can only be one final.

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