When nouns such as average, total, sum, etc., are modified by a prepositional phrase, how do you choose between the definite and indefinite articles? I cited sentences 1, 3, and 5 below from various sources on the Internet. As an English learner, I have always wondered what difference there is if the indefinite article is replaced by the definite article. Are sentences 2, 4, and 6 below correct or possible?
Here are example sentences:
- He finished the season with a batting average of .357.
He finished the season with the batting average of .357.
That will use a total of about 3.3 million tons of lead.
That will use the total of about 3.3 million tons of lead.
What two prime numbers have a sum of 7?
- What two prime numbers have the sum of 7?
I would appreciate your help much.