To a point/To the point


I'm confused a bit about the usage of indefinte articles/definete articles.

There exist a lot of explicit rules about them, however this sentence that I recenty confronted made me groan.

"the volume level and chaos they create gets to a point where objects are careening off the walls"


Should  "a point" be replaced by "the point"? If not, could you explain me why? Thank you in advance for your help!

article asked Jul 03 '13 at 04:18 T Uchimura New member

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Grammatically, both are correct and both sound fine. The difference is subtle but perhaps "the point" suggests that there is only one level at which the objects move;  "a point" would suggest that there may be several possible points.    

Incidentally,  if the volume level and chaos are 2 different things, it should be "...get to a/the point".

link comment answered Jul 05 '13 at 11:33 Michael Cranfield Expert

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