I'm uncertain about what article should I use in this sentence. On the one hand, I think it's a specific type of sting (that is, of wounded pride) but on the other hand, it's "one of possible" stings so it might call for an indefinite article. What's your take on these cases?

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    You've explained it well; either one could be used. – J.R. Aug 3 '15 at 20:11
  • The definite article does not indicate that something is a specific type of X. It indicates that it is a specific X. More importantly, it indicates that the noun in question is already familiar in the current discourse. In this case, the sting of wounded pride would imply that this is a sting that both the speaker and the listener are familiar with—it is a known sting, a familiar sting, a sting that you recognise when you hear it referred to. – Janus Bahs Jacquet Aug 3 '15 at 20:12

If you're thinking of feeling the generic pain of wounded pride, use the definite article; if you're thinking of this particular instance of pain associated with wounded pride, then use the indefinite.

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