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    #1

    Which article applies here?

    We got off the main road at (a/the/-) wrong turning and, as a consequence, were late.

    I think the omission of the article is the best option here.

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    #2

    Re: Which article applies here?

    Either 'a' or 'the', but it should be 'turn', not turning. You do need an article.

    I'd probably say something like "We took a/the wrong turn off the main road, and we were late as a consequence".
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    Re: Which article applies here?

    Omitting the article is definitely not the best option. Either article can be used before "wrong turn[ing]" but your sentence is not natural. We don't usually say that we "got off/turned off at the wrong turning". We would say "We took a/the wrong turn[ing] ...", "We took the wrong exit ..." or "We turned off the road in the wrong place ...".

    Having now seen Skrej's response above, I agree that "turn" is the more common term but, in BrE, you'll hear "turning", particularly in things like "After the roundabout, my road is the third turning on the left".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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