That's the whole question.

I'm creating a new version of the program

Is there a set of rules one should follow?
Thank you!

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    That depends what you want to say. For example: "I am (the person which is) creating (specifically) the new version of the program. " or "(No, I am not just bug fixing,) I am creating a (whole) new version of the program."
    – skymningen
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 13:08
  • Yes it is correct to say "a new" or "the new".
    – Marv Mills
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 13:08
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    @MarvMills was that supposed to be funny? BTW, you're missing a comma after "Yes". Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 13:11
  • Only if you consider my use of "Yes" to be an interjection, which it is not. See here: english.stackexchange.com/questions/78532/…
    – Marv Mills
    Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 13:34
  • The link you provided only proved my point. You're missing something, let's say it like that :) Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 13:43

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Context, context, context!

The basic rule is that you use the if you expect your hearers/readers to know which one you're talking about.

So if you've already mentioned this new version, or it's part of the general knowledge you share with your hearers/readers, you can use the. But when you introduce a new entity into the discourse, you use a.

I know the program's slow right now, but I'm writing a new version. The new version will be released in May.

You may also use the to speak of a new entity if you distinguish it immediately, within the same noun phrase.

We're working on three new versions. The version I am working on is targeted to social media users.


The use of the definite or indefinite article depends on the meaning you would like to express. Both cases are possible in different situations.

a new version is the case of the noun modified with the descriptive adjective, therefore, the indefinite article can be chosen.

the new version -you are telling the reader which thing we are talking about. You are referring to the particular version of the program.

  • Thank you for such the quick response. Just kidding :) Commented Mar 13, 2015 at 13:40

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