Difference Between "Spending a Time" and "Spending the Time"?

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  1. To Learn English profile image60
    To Learn Englishposted 5 years ago

    Difference Between "Spending a Time" and "Spending the Time"?

    It is always confusing for me to use articles in the sentence. I was writing a blog post and I stuck at a sentence where I had to choose between "spending a time" and "spending the time". I searched Google. There are about 1 million search results for "spending a time" and about 13 million search results for "spending the time". What should I do? The sentence is - "It is always easy and more entertaining to watch videos rather than spending the time on reading lengthy articles." Please explain.

  2. Venkatachari M profile image48
    Venkatachari Mposted 5 years ago

    The phrase used by you is correct in your above sentence. "Spending a time" is a general observation without having any particular reference to something in comparison. It has no particular reference to something being done presently. For example you can say ' I think of spending a time enjoying with so and so' or at some place  or on a particular day or period.

    Now coming to "spending the time". I enjoyed spending the time with so and so. It refers to your present enjoyment. I enjoyed 'spending the time' reading this book. You are asserting something with confirmation. You cannot say here that you enjoyed spending a time reading this book.

    1. To Learn English profile image60
      To Learn Englishposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks for your answer.. it is very useful..

    2. Venkatachari M profile image48
      Venkatachari Mposted 5 years agoin reply to this

      You are welcome pl. Happy to know that it satisfied you.

  3. Ben716 profile image90
    Ben716posted 5 years ago

    Using articles a, an and the are at times confusing.

    The is usually to specify something while an/a do not specify. They simply generalize things.

    'Spending a time' denotes you are not specifying which time. The time you are spending is not clear which might mean any. However, 'Spending the time' implies you are narrowing it to something - spending which time?

    In your sentence you have used the correct article. You have shown which time is more interesting and easy than the other time.


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