Ian was sick tday, so he missed out on the free lunch at work.
... so he missed the free lunch ...
Do both of the above sound right? If yes, are there any differences in meaning between them? Thanks.
I'm sorry, I meant that my response was splitting hairs. I wasn't referring to your question.
The question was a good one.
Often we'll tell you whether the difference between two expressions is small, large, or non-existant. I used the expression "splitting hairs" because I wanted you to learn or practice the idiom.
Thanks, Edward, for your kindness and thoughtfulness.
In truth, your analysis of this question is very awesome!