What is the right article in this sentence?

I'm talking about a regular pending icon used to indicate that an element is editable:

When I hover a block that's being edited, it wouldn't show (a|the|) pencil icon.

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    This isn't what you asked about (which is why I'm putting it in a comment), but you should say hover over, not just hover, and use either consistent present tense (hover and won't) or consistent past tense (hovered and wouldn't). Feb 17 '17 at 15:50
  • ... or simply (hover and doesn't) or (hovered and didn't)?
    – Scott
    Feb 19 '17 at 4:41

I'd say the pencil icon, as I assume you expect one particular pencil icon, not just one of several possibilities. But either one is fine, honestly.

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