a bill or the bill?


Which article should I use in the following question?

Have you ever had an argument in a restaurant about/over (?) a/the bill?

Let's assume there's no context; the questions just pops up out of the blue during a conversation?
  • entangledbank

    Senior Member
    English - South-East England
    'The bill' is perhaps more likely. In a restaurant context, the bill is unique; you wouldn't have an argument over one of several bills. And restaurants always do involve bills, so 'the' is allowed from first mention (like the food, and the other diners).
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