Isn’t “The” Required?

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Jul 4, 2011 22:08
Getting rid of stuff is kind of my obsession.
Now I’m reading an English grammar book for getting rid of it, not learning English.
It’s so ironic.
While reading the book, some questions came up.
So, I hope you could help me so I won’t miss it after throwing it away.

When you read, “They didn’t go for a drive because they didn’t have time,” do you take it to mean that they didn’t have time at all for almost everything because they were too busy for one thing or they didn’t have time especially (or only) to go for a drive?
I wondered about it, because if I mean that they didn’t have time especially to go for a drive, I’d rather say, “They didn’t go for a drive because they didn’t have the time” instead.
Does this question make any sense to you?
I’d appreciate it if you would solve my question.