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What is correct:If you see him,give him the message.OR If you see him,give him a message.

marked as duplicate by Centaurus, TimLymington, Andrew Leach May 15 '15 at 16:46

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  • What do you think? Why? In what context? How many messages are you implying? – John Lawler May 15 '15 at 15:31
  • i think interpreting from the question person wants to give a particular message – gaurav May 15 '15 at 15:43
  • Then either one will do. If there were several messages, the might be confusing out of context. – John Lawler May 15 '15 at 15:44
  • but the is often used when to single out from a group so for particular message why "the" cannot be used. – gaurav May 15 '15 at 15:54
  • I'm afraid I don't understand that last comment. It's too far from English. – John Lawler May 15 '15 at 16:50
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Not knowing more context (it appears the OP doesn't know more context either, based on comment discussion), it's hard to completely invalidate either usage.

So, I would say, if the person you are talking to already knows the message, then, "If you see him, give him the message," is better.

Otherwise, it is better to use, "If you see him, give him a message," followed by telling the listener the message you are asking them to convey.

If there are multiple messages involved, use the messages for the first case, and these messages for the latter.

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