I was discussing a topic from IELTS writing test with anoter person. The topic sounded something like this “Should a company pay everyone the same salary?”.
I said, “A company could go bankrupt after implementing THE strategy of paying everyone the same salary”.
He corrected me, “A company could go bankrupt after implementing A strategy of paying everyone the same salary”.
I understand that in many cases we should use “a strategy”: “A new business strategy” or “A new marketing strategy”, but
I used “the” because I thought that “paying everyone the same salary” can be considered as a specific strategy.
Am I wrong?
Either one can be used. The distinction is whether there is effectively only one such strategy (“the”), or instead there is a “menu” of options to meet the criterion (“a”).