Usage of 'a' and'the'
I am in a mood for eating out. VS. I am in the mood for eating out.
I am in a bad mood. VS. I am in the bad mood.
Do you native English speakers feel any difference in meaning and usuage between them respectively ?
Thank you so much as usual and have a good day and take good care.
"Mood" has several meanings but the two which are relevant here are:
(1) a state or quality of feeling at a particular time
The pattern for this meaning is always a/an + adjective + mood.
"Be careful: the boss is in a bad mood this morning!"
(2) a frame of mind disposed or receptive to some activity or thing
The pattern is either (a) the + mood + for + noun/pronoun/gerund
"I'm in the mood for ice cream/it/eating ice cream"
(b) the + mood + to + verb
"I'm in the mood to eat ice cream"
I hope this helps.
|link comment||edited Mar 16 '13 at 17:04 Shawn Mooney Expert|
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