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I read the following sentence in the media. I don’t understand why the author chose to use ‘a’, and not ‘the’ before ‘liquidation’. When the author wrote that statement, it was quite clear that Lehman Brothers was being liquidated. Is it a matter of style or the author is trying to convey something different?
With a liquidation of Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc., which appeared imminent last night, Merrill’s near term outlook was becoming more concerning.
It reads as a speculation. That is, given that the article the is specific, it could be that the author didn't want the liquidation to be a definite, direct link to Merrill's near term outlook.