1.His experiment failed last week. However, he has made up his mind to try _______ time next week.
a. the second
b. a second
As per his teacher, the correct option is "a second". Can you explain why?
whereas for the below sentence
The soccer team came out __________ in the match.
the correct answer is "second".
Can you explain us the reason?
2. Here, 'second' replaces the phrase 'in second place'. Articles are omitted in some phrases consisting of a preposition followed by its object.