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Our current house color is the combination of beige and gray, but I'd like to pick a different one. Our current house color is a combination of beige and gray, but I'd like to pick a different one.

Which is correct?

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    The second is correct, using "a" as there are many possibilities. I would say "pick different colours" or "pick a different scheme" as it is unclear what "one" refers to. One of the colours, or a different combination of the same colours, etc? – Weather Vane Sep 23 '19 at 18:52
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Using "the" with a singular object implies that you are identifying a unique item - the city called New York, the bottle over there. If you are not identifying one thing then you should use "a".

There can be more than one combination of beige and gray - it could be beige and dark grey, or beige and light gray, or stripes or squares of beige and gray.

So you should use "a".

  • Even with well-defined colors, different ratios will give you a different result. I.e. there are "combinations" of beige and dark grey. – Juhasz Sep 23 '19 at 19:30
  • +1. You'd reserve the combination for a specific combination. Our house is the combination of blue and grey that our paint store recommended for warding off nesting condors. – David M Oct 23 '19 at 20:11

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