[Grammar] Article: A or the

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naweewra

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Hello,

I'm not sure if I should use "a" or "the" in this sentence. It's the first sentence of the story.

"While waiting for her boyfriend, [a/the] woman saw..."

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If it's the very first sentence, then it's up to you. However, "the woman" would suggest to me that the rest of the story/book/novel is going to be based around that woman - it makes her sound important. "A woman" might mean that she is a peripheral character and you are just trying to set a scene in the reader's head. By the same token, "a woman" might later turn out to be very important. In this case, it's really your choice.
 
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