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  • I'm afraid that's the wrong answer.

It is a bit strange to talk about 'the wrong answer' when there are usually lots of wrong answers to any question, but it is correct.


Even when there are lots of wrong answers to any questions, am I supposed to use that's the wrong answer not that's a wrong answer? Does any context disallow 'a wrong answer?'

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SanjiFanboyEven when there are lots of wrong answers to any questions, am I supposed to use that's the wrong answer not that's a wrong answer?

"the wrong answer" is used a lot more often than "a wrong answer".

There is apparently some need for agreement between the article used for right answer and the article used for wrong answer. If there is only one correct answer, then "that's the right answer" or "that's the wrong answer" is used. When multiple answers are correct, it's either "that's a right answer" or "that's a wrong answer."

https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/42871/a-wrong-answer-vs-the-wrong-answer/43203#43203

Although "a wrong answer" is not used as much as "the wrong answer", there are contexts in which it occurs. See the link below for examples.

https://fraze.it/n_search.jsp?q=%22a+wrong+answer%22&l=0

CJ

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Sadie and her brother Jason are in the same class in school.
The teacher is asking questions about shapes.

Teacher: Sadie, what color is the rectangle?
Sadie: Green
Teacher: That's the wrong answer. Jason, what color is the rectangle?
Jason: Yellow.
Teacher: That's the right answer.


Sadie and Jason go home. Jason says, "Mom, Sadie gave a wrong answer to the teacher's question, but I got the right answer."

Jason says "a" wrong answer because there were six possible answers, but only one was the right answer. Five of the possible answers were wrong. He could also have used "the" referring to the answer "Green" which was wrong.