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    until the fish bites the hook

    Hi folks,

    I would rather use "a" than "the" in the following sentence. Could anyone tell me why "the" would be better?

    In fishing, patience is the key to success. You have to keep quiet and still for hours on end until the fish bites the hook.


    Thanks in advance.

    emp0608

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    Re: until the fish bites the hook

    Either is possible;

    a fish - any fish
    the fish - the fish that you are finally going to catch
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 29-Aug-2016 at 22:57. Reason: Fixed typo

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    Re: until the fish bites the hook

    We also use the fish bites idiomatically, which might be behind the choice.

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