Student or Learner
During a test I came across this question...or something similar.
You can start by having a ________ with the author of the text.
What is the right one and the diference between them? There was no context but the question was supposed to be related to a text (that has an author) above the question. By the way, I chose "a" which "sounded better" to me.
I hate it when I find this kind of questions in a test, since all of them seem grammatically correct.
Now, we must find a slight difference in meaning wich may be assessed as right... or not.
I think that "have a word with someone" has a slightly serious meaning. Having a conversation sounds more formal than have a talk, which I find much lighter.
So, if there was anything to help you distinguish, that would be something. Otherwise, I just don't know.