Which article do I use for something that has't yet been made or introduced.

For example, consider a new website being built and the designer tells me, "We need to create an/the author's page for the new site."

Both the designer and I know about the author's page (we discussed it previously), but it only exists in idea and the final version may differ a lot from how we might have envisioned it.

I appreciate your answer.

  • I'd certainly say 'We are working on the index of our book', but then everyone is familiar with that term and concept. Apr 2, 2014 at 21:42

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You're choosing between:

We need to create an author's page for the new site.

This sentence is valid if there is to be one or more author's pages on the new site.

We need to create the author's page for the new site.

This sentence is only valid if there will only be one author's page.

The first sentence is fine for both contexts.

  • Please don't use code quoting in place of traditional formatting like block quotes and italics. Apr 3, 2014 at 8:02
  • Better? Sorry about that, I found this site from stackoverflow.
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    Apr 3, 2014 at 8:18

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