When I’m talking about an object/place/etc that I’m familiar with, but my listener is not/they weren’t there when it happened, should I use a or the? E.x. “I was kicked out of the store” vs “I was kicked out of a store”

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    This belongs on English Language Learners. But it's perfectly natural in BrE to say I went to the pub last night even if the person you're talking to hasn't got a clue which pub you're talking about. Commented Jul 10 at 2:25
  • The if you have already been talking about the store, a if it's the first time you have mentioned it. (As FF says, the can also be used to mean 'my local one, the one I usually go to'.) Commented Jul 10 at 8:02


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